Problem-Solver’s Daily: Unemployment benefits

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: The Senate left town for another recess last Thursday without any action on restoring the long-expired unemployment benefits. “Democrats and President Barack Obama agreed to a budget deal that left the benefits on the cutting room floor shortly before they expired, and have been pushing unsuccessfully ever since to revive them,” writes Steven Dennis. The Senate will return to work next week: Steven Dennis for Roll Call: No Action on Unemployment Extension as Senate Leaves Town
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Democrats set a deadline last week for passing an immigration reform bill — July 31. “They have about a six-week window, from June 10 after the last Republican primary till the August recess. If they don't pass immigration reform then, the president will have no choice but to act on his own,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer. However, many see the window for reaching a deal closing as the midterm elections draw closer. Lawmakers need to work together and reach their goals: Elahe Izadi forNational Journal: Democrats Just Threw Down a Deadline For Immigration Reform. Here’s What Happens Next.
SURPRISE TRIP: Check out these photos from President Barack Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan over the weekend to honor troops serving our country.
MEMORIAL DAY: Today, we remember those who courageously gave their lives serving our country. Through wartime and peace, members of the armed forces remind us that above all else — we are all Americans. We thank the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
STAT OF THE DAY: This year mark's the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery: USA TODAY: 5 things you need to know on Memorial Day

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