Monthly Archives: August 2014

Senate Reprieve For Very Contested Line Bill – News

Job market strengthens, still, many don’t feel it – Lowell Sun Online

“My constituents back home don’t understand why in the world we would leave without fixing this problem,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “If we don’t do anything to deal with the causes or deal with a remedy for this growing humanitarian crisis, it’s going to get worse.” Cornyn was among 11 Republicans who voted to proceed with the bill. Two red-state Democrats in tough re-election fights Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana voted “no.” The bill includes $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities, enforcement measures and other steps to deal with the tens and thousands of youths who’ve been arriving in South Texas without their parents or visas to enter the U.S. It does not include legal changes to permit authorities to turn unaccompanied Central American youths around at the border without deportation hearings that existing law guarantees a GOP demand that Democrats say would send the kids back to terrible conditions. Given that disagreement, there appeared to be no clear route to compromise.
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Even as jobs return, lagging incomes and home equity leave many Americans feeling glum | Star Tribune

As the economic recovery enters its sixth year, a number of factors help explain why many Americans don’t feel better off: Income hasn’t rebounded. Millions are working part time even though they want full-time jobs. It’s taking longer to find work. People are still struggling with mortgage debt. Some feel down about the economy because of their political views. And most people don’t feel free to spend as much as they used to.
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Many Americans have heard about the economy’s steady recovery without feeling they’ve benefited from it. A review by Wells Fargo found that after-tax income fell for the bottom 20 percent of earners and barely rose for the next-highest 20 percent during the recovery. “Wages are just not keeping up,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “We don’t have an economy that is as robust as we need it to be.” FEWER FULL-TIME JOBS Finding a steady full-time job has become harder. There are 27.4 million part-time jobs, representing 18.8 percent of jobs in the U.S. economy, according to the Labor Department.
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