Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has passed a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cuts, and has agreed to continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, reports the Associated Press.

Democratic and Republican leaders went with a short-term extension after failing to agree on big enough spending cuts to pay for a full-year renewal of the payroll tax cut. According to AP, the 2-percentage point tax cut affects 160 million taxpayers, and the weekly jobless payments average about $300 for millions of people who have been out of work for six months or more.

The measure was approved by an 89-10 vote.

NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

Obama To Announce Large Ramp Up Of Ebola Fight

The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.
NPR

Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims

Cyberstalking has transformed domestic abuse in the U.S. Tracking tools called spyware make it cheap and easy for someone to monitor a partner secretly, 24 hours a day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.