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Crew of 42: Rep. Bobby Scott: 99ers Want Work, Need Assistance

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Courtesy of Lauren Burke at Crew of 42, an interview with Rep. Bobby Scott on the need for a bill to help the 99ers:

Crew of 42 Reports: New Bill Introduced To Help 99ers

Lauren Burke at Crew of 42 and Daily Kos is reporting news of a new bill, H. R. 6556, that's been written to help the 99ers.As reported, the bill will provide 14 additional weeks of emergency unemployment compensation in Tier I.Quoting from Crew of 42:This additional benefit will be available for those who have exhausted all their benefits (99ers and other exhaustees) as well as those who will be unemployed this year.This expansion is similar to the expansion in Nov. 2009 which provided an additional week of benefits to Tier II.Adding these extra weeks in Tier I makes them available for all chronically unemployed and not only those currently collecting unemployment benefits from a "high unemployment state."

Shepard Smith On Blockers Of 9/11 Responders Bill: 'How Do They Sleep At Night?'

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(Updated below x3) Perhaps spurred by the previous night's episode of The Daily Show, Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace spent about three minutes discussing the failure to pass the Zadroga Act. Listen and look at the language they use:"how do they sleep at night?""are they gonna get that done?""it's a national shame""Congress""it's all political""who's gonna hold these peoples' feet to the fire?""everybody who voted against it""politicians who wrap themselves in the flag of 9/11"Not once do they make mention of Democrats or Republicans in the entire segment. And from Fox's perspective, there's a good reason why, as evidenced by the votes for the Zadroga Act in the House and the Senate.

An Opportunity

Real Time Economics posted one of the most read and commented blog entries from Friday's Wall Street Journal. "Unemployment Extension Won't Help 99ers" lays out the problem with the just-signed tax cut deal in a nutshell:"The extension for unemployment benefits that is part of the compromise tax deal is good news for many of the unemployed, but it won't provide aid to anyone who's been out of a job over 99 weeks"The article caught the attention of The American Prospect:Well, as The Wall Street Journal suggests, liberals (myself included) might have made a mistake by not subjecting the extension to more scrutiny, since - for all of its good - it doesn't actually provide aid to anyone who's been out of work for more than 99 weeksSenators and House members have gotten it wrong, too, as Arthur Delaney at the Huffington Post reports:(Sen. Orrin) Hatch joins Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who in the past few weeks…

The Daily Show - Worst Responders

Senate Republicans filibuster the Zadroga bill but pass tax cuts for the wealthy, which is great news for firefighters who make over $200,000 a yearThe Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWorst Responderswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook

After 99 Weeks, Then What?

Reporting on the 99ers from the St. Louis Beacon:Until the economy begins adding jobs, Rosen believes that the nation needs to provide for its jobless. While the current legislation reinstates 99 weeks of benefits for about 2 million Americans, he warns that they, too, will eventually become 99ers if they don't find work."If we pass unemployment insurance to 99ers, everybody says, 'What will it do to the deficit? And what's going to happen to our children's and our grandchildren's future?' That's a good question. But in a lot of instances the future is now for a lot of Americans," Rosen said.Rosen said the real goal is to save the U.S. economy."Obviously the end goal is to get all of America back to work," he said. "Nobody wants to sit home on the couch. Those who are unemployed who are still fortunate enough to be receiving an unemployment insurance check they don't want to sit home and receive a check that is only a fraction o…

The Daily Show: Lame-as-F@#k Congress

Here's a tribute to the few Republican senators who find comfort and advantage in invoking the heroes of 9/11 but refuse to give them health care. Also, too, Governor Schwarzenegger has a message for you.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cLame-as-F@#k Congresswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook

Judge Hudson, Meet EMTALA

US District Court Judge Henry Hudson found that Congress cannot order individuals to buy health insurance. In his opinion, he writes:(T)he Secretary urges an expansive interpretation of the concept of activity. She posits that every individual in the United States will require health care at some point in their lifetime, if not today, perhaps next week or even next year. Her theory further postulates that because near-universal participation is critical to the underwriting process, the collective effect of refusal to purchase health insurance affects the national market. Therefore, she argues, requiring advance purchase of insurance based upon a future contingency is an activity that will inevitably affect interstate commerce. Of course, the same reasoning could apply to transportation, housing, or nutritional decisions. This broad definition of the economic activity subject to congressional regulation lacks logical limitation and is unsupported by Commerce Clause jurisprudence.Judge …

A Little Group of Willful Men

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cRepublicans Block 9/11 Health Care Billwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on FacebookHere"s the roll call vote on the Zadroga Act: notice the (R) next to the names of the nay votes and the "not voting" votes?Woodrow Wilson said it best when he described the Senate as:"A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible."Republicans, where is your shame? The attacks of September 11, 2001 were an attack on the Nation. The men and women who responded to the scene of the attacks demonstrated their full measure of duty and devotion. How can you possibly disregard their service and the debt we as a nation owe them?

A Response to @GrassrootTroopr - Part II

Part I details the Twitter dialogue. Part II, the rebuttal.ClotureThe rules of the Senate allow for unlimited debate unless cloture is invoked. It takes 60 votes to pass a cloture motion, which means that the 59 Senate Democrats can't do it by themselves: they need at least one Republican. The problem is that Republicans have been threatening to filibuster bills at an unprecedented rate: 131 cloture motions have been filed since the start of the 111th Congress. In the words of Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Republican filibuster threats are "like throwing molasses in the road." Even worse: When bills do come up for a vote, they often pass with significant Republican support: recent votes were decided by 69-26, 74-25 and 84-14 margins. Republicans aren't only using filibuster threats as a way to extract concessions: they're also using filibuster threats as a way to run out as much of the clock as they can. The more time it takes one bill to pa…

A Response to @GrassrootTroopr - Part I

In response to a recent tweet, I had an interesting, sometimes challenging, sometimes frustrating conversation with a right-wing tweeter named @GrassrootTroopr (@GT). I've copied the tweets here and drafted a more comprehensive rebuttal to his assertions in part two.@H9: "Only in the US Senate would a 59-1 vote in favor of a bill fail. #p2 #tcot"@GT: "My recommendation to those in the Senate would be to make necessary changes to whatever bill it is, so that cloture can be achieved. What say you?"@H9: "This is what that process looks like today: http://twitpic.com/3di8vo"@GT: "Yeah, it was that way on taking over car companies, nationalizing student loans, nationalizing banks & healthcare. NOT! Obama rammed it thru."

The Club For Growth Hasn't A Clue

David Keating, executive director of the Club for Growth, is quoted in a current BBC article about the 99ers.Mr. Keating argues people should take out their own unemployment insurance, to prepare for the worst case scenario. "People can buy insurance for all kinds of things, there's no reason why they can't buy their own unemployment insurance," he adds.Except for the fact that there's a really good reason why they can't: unemployment insurance is "nearly impossible to find at any price".

2 Million Additional 99ers in December

The 99ers community are those out-of-work men and women who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, which are currently capped at 99 weeks. Unless Congress authorizes an extension of UI benefits, 2 million Americans will be added to the list of exhaustees at the end of this month. Of note: nothing in any current proposal will extend benefits past 99 weeks. The 99ers community remains, figuratively and literally, out in the cold.Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Lifeline

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Call your representatives. Send a fax. Make your voice heard.

The Bikini Graph for November 2010

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Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly devised this chart, showing the number of job losses from the onset of the Great Recession. This version of the graph shows private-sector jobs only, and the accompanying articles (here and here) are must reads for everyone who is concerned about jobs, unemployment and economic policy.

It Shouldn't Have To Be This Way

Another must-read from Steve Benen:
...It's maddening because, as the jobs crisis fails to get better, one might think policymakers would see developments and say, "Hmm, maybe we ought to do something."But they won't because they can't. Conceivably, a massive stimulus - focused on infrastructure, among other things - could come up in Congress, but nervous House Dems wouldn't want to vote for it, and it'd never overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate. Best of all, conservatives have done a masterful job at rigging the game - Americans have been convinced over the last 22 months that the most effective policies happen to be the worst. Taking steps to improve a struggling economy, ironically enough, has become wildly unpopular, making worthwhile ideas so far off the table, they're not even brought up.It's reached the point at which Republicans proudly block extended jobless benefits, with an unemployment rate near 10%, because they assume they&…

Unemployed, and Likely to Stay That Way

An article in the December 2, 2010 edition of the New York Times reports:
The longer people stay out of work, the more trouble they have finding new work, adding to the challenge for policy makers trying to reduce joblessness.

Employment Situation Summary - November 2010

The unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (+39,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month, while employment fell in retail trade. Employment in most major industries changed little in November.read the full report at BLS.gov

If You Want To Help The Nation, Help The Unemployed

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From last night's Rachel Maddow Show:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Ask The White House: Question 6 (Long Term Unemployment)

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Full story appears on The Huffington PostIn response to a call by Monster.com to submit questions to the White House, Janet Ritz, editor and published of The Environmentalist, posted this question:The White House has avoided using the term 99ers. Why? There are millions who've lost their jobs and have exhausted benefits through no fault of their own. How can the economy ever come back if 99ers, many middle-aged middle-class, are kicked farther under the bus. Ads say: no unemployed need apply. Age discrimination is rampant and obvious. Mortgage companies will not modify for the unemployed. Even if you get the economy going, how many millions will be forced into poverty that would otherwise be the bulwark of democracy if they were helped now?

Something for the "Party of Lincoln" to keep in mind

"It is not needed nor fitting here that a general argument should be made in favor of popular institutions, but there is one point, with its connections, not so hackneyed as most others, to which I ask a brief attention. It is the effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor in the structure of government. It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. And further, it is assumed that whoever is once a hired laborer is fixed in that condition for life.Now there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor…

Dear Congressman

Dear Congressman,Thank you for voting no on H. R. 6419, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act.As you know, the most pressing problem with our national economy is the crushing debt we're loading onto the backs of our children and grandchildren, $13.7 trillion and counting. Our nation cannot afford to spend the additional $12.5 billion the CBO estimates this bill would have cost us over the next ten years.The nation's unemployment statistics clearly show that deficit reduction is the right problem to solve, and now is the right time to solve it: as of October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 13.9 million out-of-work Americans. Of that number, 6.2 million have been out of work for over 27 weeks. 1.5 million have been out of work for more than 99 weeks, and have exhausted both state and Federal benefits. As the Republican candidate for Senate, Sharron Angle, said during the recent campaign, "We've put in so much entitlement into …

Retweet of the Day

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Thank you to everyone who retweeted that message. It seems to have struck a chord.

Unemployed Suffer Another Setback

Jeanne Reinman, who is about to lose her unemployment benefits, discusses the GOP's decision to kill the extension on unemployment benefits.Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

GOP Blocks Jobless Benefits Extension

As the GOP voted to cut off unemployment benefits, thousands of American families are wondering how they’re going to survive the holiday season. An Ed Show panel discusses.Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

GOP: 143, Unemployed: 0.

Today's vote on extending unemployment benefits should have surprised no one.Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced H. R. 6419, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act, to provide a 90-day extension of emergency unemployment benefits. Without an extension, roughly two million people will lose this lifeline.The bill was introduced under suspension of the rules, a process Congress uses "to dispose of non-controversial measures expeditiously."We've seen, though, that there's very little the GOP will consider non-controversial. You might remember Rep. Anthony's Weiner's floor speech during a similar non-controversial vote to provide health care benefits for the first responders to arrive at Ground Zero on September 11th. That measure failed the first time around, 255-159, with 4 Democrats joining 155 Republicans voting no.Today's vote? 258-154. 275 votes were needed to suspend the rules. Eleven Democrats joined 143 Republicans who…

Quoteworthy

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"We have journalism that is always ravenous for the next rumor, but insufficiently hungry for the facts that can nourish something called our democracy." - Senator Jay Rockefeller's remarks on Television Viewers, Retransmission Consent, and the Public Interest

Question Time

99ers Rally in NYC

America Is Hurting - The Ed Show

Helping the 99ers Helps Everyone

The CPBB has just published a new report, "Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Remain Critical for the Economy" (link, PDF)
One section in particular is worth close attention:
UI Is a Highly Effective Tool for Reviving a Weak EconomyAmong 11 measures analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for increasing economic growth and employment in the next year or two, aid to the unemployed stands at the top of the list. According to CBO, "Households receiving unemployment benefits tend to spend the additional benefits quickly, making this option both timely and cost-effective in spurring economic activity and employment." CBO estimates that providing additional unemployment insurance benefits would boost economic output by as much as $1.90 per dollar of budgetary cost and increase employment by as many as 19,000 jobs per billion dollars of budgetary cost.CBO's estimate of the relative importance and bang-for-the-buck of UI is similar to that of most other …

Rally - Friday, November 12, Noon, 75 Varick St., NY

Kind of says it all...

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Tom Stone

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Tom Stone... is a documentary photographer known for his portraits of people living along the edges of society. His photography shares perspective with the work of Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Sebastiao Salgado. A friend on Twitter showed me a link to Tom's photography, which is being shown at the DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles. He's also on Flickr and his own website.



Tom calls the people in his photos "American Outsiders" - but the truth is, they're us. Spend a few moments learning more about them. Please and thank you.

Are Muslims Exempt From Obamacare? (Reposted)

No.Despite the meme travelling through the Interwebs, there is nothing in Obamacare that exempts members of the Muslim religion.Here's the relevant text from HR 3590:SEC. 1411.(b)(5)(A) In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual's status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe.What that means is that an individual seeking an exemption from the mandate must document that they are:a member of an exempt religious sect;a member of a health care sharing ministry;an Indian;eligible for a hardship exemption.So, the next two relevant questions to ask are:Who are the exempt religious sects?What's a health care sharing ministry?Emma Dumain at Congress.org answered those questions:...most religious people do not fall under the exemption category.The ones who do must be members of …

An Early Look Back

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It's Election Day. Vote.

And when you do vote, vote for the Democratic ticket.

Please and thank you.

Jon Stewart's Closing Remarks at the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear

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I can’t control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions. This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or at passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do.

But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies.

But unfortunately, one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country’s 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder. The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous flaming ant epidemic.

If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.

There are terrorists and racists and Stalinis…

If The Tea Party Wins, America Loses. Vote.

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60 Minutes - The 99ers

Even after an extension of unemployment benefits to 99 weeks, many of those about to go off the program are in a quandary. Scott Pelley talks to some of them in Silicon Valley.

60 Minutes Preview: Unemployment and the 99ers

Even after an extension of unemployment benefits to 99 weeks, many of those about to go off the program are in a quandary. Scott Pelley talks to some of them in California's Silicon Valley. Sunday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. ET/PT.

White House White Board: CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee Explains the Jobs Trends

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It's nice to see how Steve Benen's "Bikini Graph" has taken on a life of its own. Edward Tufte would be proud.

Save The Lifeline for America

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And Now For Something Completely Different

I came across this tweet in my stream, and went over to read the linked article. It seems the reporter in question, Lachlan Markay, made a hash of things by referring to a ThinkProgress article on the Chamber of Commerce and foreign funding of campaign advertising as"a salacious, factually-erroneous report on a highly partisan left-wing blog""Salacious" is a sinful-sounding word - all that sibilance just slithering around like that. But what does it mean?Salacious: 1. lustful or lecherous. 2. obscene; grossly indecent. Synonyms: 1. lewd, wanton, lascivious, libidinous. 2. pornographic.I tried to find examples of the most salacious, the most lecherous, the most obscene language I could find in the article. I really tried. Unfortunately, it's all safe for work:"the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law""Under the manufacturing policy goal, USIBC boasts that it 'can play a helpful role in guiding U.S. companies to India, w…

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The Nessie Chart for September

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just published the Employment Situation Report for September. Coupled with the JOLTS report for August, we see little change in the job market:The job seekers to job openings ("Nessie") ratio has improved fractionally, moving down to 4.6423 from 4.6479 - the ideal number would be 1.0The civilian employment to population ratio (EMRATIO) remains unchanged at 58.5% - versus 63% before the recessionThe number of 99ers has worsened, moving up to 1.471 million from 1.459 million

Same As It Ever Was

On tonight's Rachel Maddow show, EJ Dionne referred to this story as one the late Senator Fritz Hollings used to tell. A little Googling turned up a source from 1988:
A veteran returning from Korea went to college on the GI Bill, bought his house with an FHA loan, saw his kids born in a VA hospital, started his business with an SBA loan; got electricity from TVA and, then, water from a project funded by the EPA. His kids participated in the school-lunch program and made it through college courtesy of government-guaranteed student loans. His parents retired to a farm on their social security, getting electricity from the REA and the soil tested by the USDA. When the father became ill, his life was saved with a drug developed through NIH; the family was saved from financial disaster by Medicare. Our veteran drove to work on the interstate, moored his boat in a channel dredged by Army engineers, and when floods hit, took Amtrak to Washington to apply for disaster relief. He also spe…

BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover – August 2010

"There were 3.2 million job openings on the last business day of August 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The job openings rate was unchanged over the month at 2.4 percent. The hires rate (3.2 percent) and the separations rate (3.2 percent) were little changed. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the total nonfarm sector by industry and geographic region."Job Openings"The number of job openings in August was 3.2 million, which was little changed from July. Although the month-to-month change is small, the number of job openings has risen by 863,000 (37 percent) since the most recent series trough of 2.3 million in July 2009. (See table 1.) This trough immediately followed the end of the recession in June 2009 (as designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research). Even with the gains since July 2009, the number of job openings remained below the 4.4 million jobs open when the rece…

A Modest Proposal

Resolved: That the nation's unemployed pay for renewed tax cuts for the nation's high-income earners.The term "modest proposal" was popularized by Jonathan Swift, who argued in a satirical essay that the Irish should sell off their "surplus" children as food.I'd like to offer a proposal that may sound just as satirical, but is based in sound dollars and cents.We know that Senator Stabenow brought S. 3706 to the Senate floor, just as she promised to. She submitted a discharge resolution that failed to gain unanimous consent, thanks to the objection of Senator George LeMieux (R-FL). His objection?"we need to know what it's going to cost, we need to know how we're going to pay for it so we don't put this debt on our children and grandchildren."Those are fine enough words from the Senator, but they tend to lose their rhetorical strength when Republicans in the Senate are willing to fight for renewed tax cuts for incomes over $250,000, …

Time To Put Our Heads Together

Now that we've been energized by the One Nation March, it's time to talk about what's next.For us as 99ers, there are decisions to consider: stay home? Vote? For who?There's strategy to consider: S. 3706 isn't dead, but it is still in committee - how do we get it back onto the Senate floor for a vote?And then, there's the calendar: November 30th is the last day for emergency unemployment compensation for people who still receive that benefit. Come December 1, those people may, unfortunately, be joining our ranks.Here's an open thread - let's put our heads together and put some good ideas on the table.

Debt: Congress Or The President? (with updates)

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Who is responsible for the national debt? Or, to ask another way, who is the more fiscally conservative party, Democrats or Republicans?

To answer, I've put together three charts. Each looks at debt as a percentage of GDP, based on the following formula:

Gross Federal Debt
- Debt Held By Government Accounts
- Debt Held By The Federal Reserve System
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= Debt Held By The Public
Colors represent the majority party: blue for Democrats, red for Republicans.

There was a split Congress from 1981 to 1987: the Senate had a 7-8 seat Republican majority while Democrats held the House of Representatives.

From 2001-2003, each party held 50 seats in the Senate. Vice President Dick Cheney, as the tie-breaking vote, puts those years in the Republican column.

From 2007-2009, each party held 49 seats, but the two independent Senators caucused with the Democrats, putting those years in the Democrats' column.

Remember that Federal budget…

The Ed Show: 99ers Still Need Help

Tonight's Ed Show began with this discussion of yesterday's action on the Senate floor: The full video with transcript is available on MSNBC. Interviewed: Mignon Fields (@agape122 on Twitter)

What Would You Do With $700 Billion?

Republicans argue for an extension of these tax cuts for the rich while objecting to a discussion of an extension of unemployment benefits for the 99ers. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.

"So with that, Mr. President, I object"

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The quote is from Senator George LeMieux, R-FL, who is objecting to a request for unanimous consent by Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI:
"And so, Mr. President, on behalf of millions - we know at least 2 million to 3 million people who find themselves in this particular situation, who are asking us to understand, who are asking us for help, asking us to give a lifeline to them so they can care for their families and get back to work - I would ask unanimous consent that the Finance Committee be discharged of S. 3706, the Americans Want to Work Act, that the Senate then proceed to its immediate consideration, that the bill be read three times, passed, and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, that any statements related to the measure appear at the appropriate place in the record as if read." Senator Stabenow followed through on her commitment to bring S. 3706 onto the Senate floor, and both she and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke eloquently about the need to pa…

Breaking News

@StabenowPress - Senator Stabenow's bill, #S3706, The Americans Want to Work Act, will be on the Senate floor tomorrow. More info: http://bit.ly/bvf2oU

Yes, We Are The Party of No

The Republican Party's slow-motion shutdown of the government continues: Senator Jim DeMint is planning to end the 111th Congress with a glorious show of all-points obstruction. Everything he hasn't personally agreed to, he'll hold. The idea is to just run out the clock so the Senate has to adjourn for the election. No wonder Senate Democrats are beginning to murmur again about filibuster reform - though first they'll have to survive the election.The Senate has two main functions: deliberate on legislation, and vote on legislation. The Republican Party in the Senate is doing nothing more than throwing sand in the gears of the government.

An Open Letter to All Republican Senators & Representatives

Post by Snowman on Fri 24 Sep - 16:10, reposted here by requestDear fellow conservatives,I write this not as an opposing faction, but speaking as one from within your own rank and file, a fellow Republican.I was raised in a Democratic family, but during the Reagan years I found my values were more in line with the Republican party. They still are.However.While I believe in fiscal responsibility, there comes a point where the well-being of your own must take priority. By "your own" I do not mean Republicans or Democrats. I am talking about Americans, specifically the hundreds of thousands of us who remain unemployed through this economic crisis.America has always been a great nation, rising to the aide of other countries during times of disaster. Please consider that a vast number of us in your own land are facing homelessness. Many already are. We watch as millions of dollars are sent overseas and say nothing. Will you turn your back on those who supported you right here in …