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Congresswoman says welfare should be called a “transitional living fund." (Getty Images)

Call Welfare “Transitional Living Fund,” Says Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says it’s time to stop blaming economically struggling Americans for their plight. “Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of a transitional living fund,” she […]

01/09/2014

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors' influence.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Election-Year Agendas Take Hold Of Congress

Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda.

01/05/2014

A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Reid: ‘Congress Is Finishing This Year Less Popular Than A Cockroach’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday railed against Congress’ failure to include extending federal jobless benefits to more than 1 million people in a two-year budget deal reached this week.

12/19/2013

Hundreds of people line up to attend a job fair on April 18, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Midtown in New York City. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

First-Time Unemployment Applications Rise 68K, Biggest Increase In More Than A Year

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000 last week.

12/12/2013

File photo of people waiting outside of a government unemployment office. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Fewer Americans Seek Unemployment Aid For Third Week

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very few workers.

10/31/2013

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Nearly 340,000 Seek Weekly US Unemployment Benefits, A 5-Year Record Low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, and the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.

03/21/2013

A bipartisan majority of Americans have received federal benefits at some point in their lives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Survey: 55 Percent Of Americans Have Received Federal Benefits

A new survey shows that a majority of Americans (55 percent) have received government benefits from at least one of the major federal entitlement programs.

12/18/2012

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