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Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, winter storm Hercules got 2014 off to a frigid start for the roughly 100 million people in its path. Things were equally chilly for the 1.3 million people whose unemployment benefits expired on December 28th -- a frosty "gift" from Congress, which was clearly unmoved by the fact that long-term unemployment is at its highest point since World War II. Congress should renew the emergency aid as soon as it reconvenes this week; if not, another 3.6 million Americans who've been out of work longer than 26 weeks will shortly find themselves out in the no-more-benefits-cold -- and prey to the health consequences, damaged relationships and increased rates of suicide often associated with long-term unemployment. Maybe the New Year -- and the coming midterm elections -- will help melt the GOP's frostbitten heart.

Arthur Delaney

Extended Benefits Didn't Keep Unemployed From Taking Jobs: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Extended unemployment benefits Congress put in place at the outset of the Great Recession didn't discourage people from taking jobs, acc...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Benefits Likely To Be Part Of Fiscal Cliff Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress strike a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," extended unemployment insurance ...

Arthur Delaney

Extended Unemployment Benefits Return To Some States

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People laid off through no fault of their own are eligible for fewer and fewer weeks of unemployment insurance as the government pares b...

Arthur Delaney

Fewer Unemployed Receiving Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

The share of jobless Americans receiving unemployment insurance is declining as Congress winds down long-term benefits. While the unemployed popula...

Arthur Delaney

How Cutting Off Unemployment Benefits May Trim Jobless Rate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business

Art Bailly of San Mateo, Calif., figured he had another couple months worth of unemployment insurance. He was super upset to discover two weeks ago th...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Insurance Cuts Taking Effect

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The long-term jobless will be eligible for fewer months of benefits as congressional cuts take effect this month. By June, the feder...

Arthur Delaney

Turbulent Times For Unemployment Insurance

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

When Sean Davis of Lunenburg, Mass. lost his Census job in October 2010, he figured he'd be able to claim unemployment insurance for 99 weeks. That's ...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployed To Lose Benefits In Several States

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People receiving long-term unemployment insurance will get fewer weeks of benefits as a federal program is phased out early next month i...

New Compensation Rules, Seasonal Layoffs Strain Michigan Unemployment Agency

Posted 02.15.2012 | Detroit

Michigan's unemployment insurance agency will be extending office hours this weekend to help tackle its overwhelmingly high call volume. "Agency s...

Arthur Delaney

Democrats' Fake Unemployment Compromise

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. Senate this week firmly rejected GOP proposals to drug-test the jobless, but they signaled a new willingness to co...

Arthur Delaney

Maximum Duration Of Unemployment Insurance Dropping

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

Nearly 30,000 people enduring long-term joblessness in Michigan are set to lose their unemployment insurance as a federal program that provides the fi...

Arthur Delaney

States Scramble To Prevent Unemployment Insurance Cutoffs

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Alec Johnson of Delaware, Ohio, paid close attention last month as members of Congress fought over a bill to reauthorize the federal unemployment insu...

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Defend Cutting Jobless Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives on Tuesday defended his party's support for cutting 20 weeks of unemployment bene...

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Dems, Reps Agree On Reducing Jobless Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats have clashed frequently over federal unemployment insurance ever since the unemployed first became eligible fo...

Arthur Delaney

Congress To Jobless: Peace Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress are set to go home for the year without an agreement on how to prevent more than a million jobless from abruptly los...

Arthur Delaney

Some Will Lose Unemployment Benefits Under Payroll Tax Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A breakthrough deal between the White House and party leaders in the U.S. Senate would preserve federal unemployment insurance programs ...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Extension: 'What Are They Waiting On?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

Kim Bullock of Las Vegas, Nev., said she lost her job with a telecom company almost exactly one year ago after her employer went bankrupt. Now she's w...

Arthur Delaney

Democratic Senator Comes Out Against Further Unemployment Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

During a Tuesday visit to a factory in St. Charles, Mo., Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said she opposed extending federal unemployment benefits. ...

Arthur Delaney

Harry Reid: Extended Unemployment On The Table As Part Of 'Grand Bargain' On Debt Ceiling

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A deal to raise the statutory U.S. borrowing limit and cut the federal budget may preserve federal unemployment benefits set to expire a...

Arthur Delaney

No Extended Unemployment Benefits For People Laid Off From Now On

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After this week, workers laid off through no fault of their own will not be eligible for any of the generous extended unemployment benef...

Arthur Delaney

More Than 10,000 Await Return Of Unemployment Benefits In Wisconsin

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

After Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget bill on Sunday making unemployment benefits stingier for new layoff victims, more than 10,000 jobless Wisconsi...

Arthur Delaney

After Failed Special Session, Arizona Democrats To Donate Paychecks To Jobless

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

Democratic members of the Arizona legislature are going to donate their paychecks to the unemployed people they failed to help in a special session ea...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Lawmaker Hires More Unemployed Workers To Clean Up His Yard

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

A Republican politician in North Carolina has successfully recruited two unemployed workers to clean up his yard after the first jobless constituent h...

Arthur Delaney

Pennsylvania Unemployment Deal Will Avert Benefits Cutoff For 45,000

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

Pennsylvania lawmakers have struck a deal that would prevent 45,000 jobless Pennsylvanians from abruptly losing their unemployment benefits next week....