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Arthur Delaney started working for HuffPost in 2009, covering unemployment and other economic issues. He has written for the Washington City Paper, The Hill newspaper, Slate Magazine, and ABCNews.com. In 2008 he won the Street Sense David A. Pike Excellence in Journalism award for a City Paper story about a man living on the median strip of a freeway in Washington. He and HuffPost D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim won a Sidney Award from the Hillman Foundation for their 2010 story "The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, and the Politics of the New Deal." In 2011, HuffPost published a collection of Delaney's stories as an ebook titled A People's History of the Great Recession.

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GOP Governor Joins Democrats' Call For Unemployment Extension

(379) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican governor has joined Democrats in calling on Congress to reauthorize long-term unemployment insurance.

Brian Sandoval of Nevada co-signed a letter asking House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to restore benefits to the 2 million workers who've missed out since Congress let federal jobless aid lapse in December....

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John Boehner Punts Unemployment Extension To White House

(3096) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- What would make House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) support a Senate-passed bill to restore long-term unemployment insurance to more than 2 million Americans? Ask the White House.

It's no secret that Boehner opposes Senate legislation reauthorizing long-term unemployment benefits, as he has previously stated that the...

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House Dems Will Be Bugging John Boehner A Lot About Unemployment

(72) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats are going to be spending a lot of time hounding House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about unemployment insurance.

The Senate approved legislation on Monday that would restore benefits to the 2 million long-term jobless Americans who have not received checks since Congress let...

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Senate Passes Unemployment Extension, House In No Hurry To Do The Same

(1678) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a bill reauthorizing long-term unemployment insurance on Monday, with Democrats hoping the vote will increase pressure on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to move the bill through his chamber.

Boehner has said the bill fails to create jobs and is "unworkable," partly because state...

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Nancy Pelosi: We've Finally Filled The George Bush Jobs Hole

(660) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- The latest jobs report contained a politically important fact for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- America finally replaced the jobs lost from the "Bush economic policies," the House minority leader said Friday, blaming Republicans for the slow pace of recovery.

Pelosi's declaration came shortly after the Labor Department announced...

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Here's One Way We Know How Much Unemployment Insurance Means To People

(659) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- People really, really want to know what Congress is doing about unemployment insurance.

Right now, the interest in a variety of terms related to unemployment and Congress is escalating on Google, the most widely used Internet search engine. At HuffPost Politics, we've seen a huge increase in the...

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Senate Advances Unemployment Bill, Showdown With House Looms

(612) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate advanced an extension of unemployment insurance Wednesday morning, setting up final passage as soon as Thursday, but the bill faces a showdown with the House of Representatives before it can become law.

By a vote of 61-38, the Senate invoked cloture on legislation that would retroactively...

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House GOP Ignores Congressional Budget Office On Unemployment Benefits

(745) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he is against restoring long-term jobless benefits because doing so wouldn't create jobs.

"We have always said that we’re willing to look at extending emergency unemployment benefits again, if Washington Democrats can come up with a plan that is fiscally responsible, and...

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House GOP Says It's Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension

(1456) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives say it's just too late to pass legislation restoring unemployment benefits to the 2 million workers who've missed out since December.

The Senate advanced a bill reauthorizing the benefits in a procedural vote on Thursday, setting up passage as...

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John Boehner Pooh-Poohs Unemployment Extension

(1203) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Not only would it be administratively difficult to give benefits back to the long-term jobless, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday, but it would be bad policy, too.

"I told the president I would consider this as long as it was paid for and as long...

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Unemployment Extension Is Workable, Labor Department Says

(469) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said Friday he disagrees with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that Senate legislation reauthorizing unemployment insurance would be too difficult for states to implement.

Boehner's claim had been prompted by a letter from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, an...

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Massachusetts Becomes 8th State To Offset Food Stamp Cuts

(537) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts on Tuesday became the eighth state to announce new measures to protect food stamp beneficiaries from cuts recently approved by Congress.

The cuts target state practices that have allowed residents with as little as $1 per month in federal heating assistance to qualify automatically...

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Boehner Gives Thumbs Down To Unemployment Benefits Deal, Citing Implementation Problems

(1533) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans undercut Senate legislation to extend unemployment benefits on Wednesday, pointing to criticism from state workforce agencies that argue the bill would be unworkable.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Senate should listen to the workforce agencies and drop its bill.

"We have always said...

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Unemployment Extension Vote Will Be A Nail-Biter

(785) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will have no margin for error when he brings a new bill reauthorizing unemployment benefits to the Senate floor for a vote this month.

Five Republican senators have signed on to the measure, which would apply the benefits retroactively and pay...

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Some Jobless Facing Eviction After Loss Of Benefits

(212) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than two months after Congress dropped long-term unemployment insurance, some of the people who lost benefits say they're now facing eviction.

Craig Bruce, 45, told The Huffington Post that he and his wife were evicted Tuesday from their apartment in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. He said...

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Paul Ryan Laments Inner-City Culture Of Not Working

(1004) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Some inner city men suffer from a culture that does not value hard work, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday.

"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking...

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No Dignity In Low Wages, Poll Finds

(810) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan says the government safety net may protect Americans from the vicissitudes of life, but that handouts leave people unfulfilled in a more profound way.

"The left is making a big mistake here. What they're offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul," the Wisconsin...

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Democrats Will Try Long-Shot Maneuver To Bring Back Unemployment Benefits

(1418) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will try to restore long-term unemployment insurance to 2 million workers using a rare parliamentary maneuver on Wednesday.

The procedural move, called a discharge petition, requires a majority of House members to sign on in support of discharging a bill from...

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Long-Term Unemployment Rises In Jobs Report, Congress Unlikely To Budge

(117) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- After several months of gradual decline, the number of Americans unemployed six months or longer surprisingly increased by 203,000 to 3.8 million in February, the U.S. Labor Department announced Friday in an otherwise positive jobs report.

Some of these are the 1.3 million people...

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Obama Administration Won't Delay Food Stamp Cuts, But States Can

(120) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 9:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients affected by benefit cuts Congress passed in February will get no reprieve from the Obama administration.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture explained to states Wednesday that they'd have to implement the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts starting next week. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and 71...

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