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EPI plan: Tax the rich, strengthen social security, rebuild infrastructure

By 2040, federal debt would be 54 percent of gross domestic product, not the present 74 percent - and less than debt proposed by right wingers.


Revive long-term unemployment benefits now

The Senate passed a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. House leaders have said they won't take up the Senate bill, and Congress is due to leave town for a two-week recess.


Labor against extending tax cuts for top earners

The AFL-CIO is "strongly against" extending the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent of the nation's earners, but fears congressional Democrats may blink on the issue, Legislative Director Bill Samuel says.

GOP caves, Congress passes jobless benefits extension

Congress finally passed a two-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits and a Social Security payroll tax cut for workers.


Jobless cry: "Save our holiday, extend UI benefits!"

Angry but undaunted, the labor movement called for  the “lame duck” Conngress to approve an extension of unemployment benefits before they adjourn for the holidays in December.