Elevator Pitch for the Americans Want to Work Act

You're probably familiar with the "elevator pitch" - a concise summary that you can deliver in the time it takes to ride an elevator. This is the elevator pitch for S. 3706, the Americans Want to Work Act:

  • At least 1.3 million unemployed workers1 have exhausted their benefits.
  • The job market isn't keeping up: There are fewer than 3 million job openings2 for almost 15 million job seekers3.
  • We're caught in a vicious cycle: Businesses aren't hiring because their chief concern is poor sales, and people aren't buying because they've lost their jobs.
  • S. 3706 will break the cycle in two ways:
    1. by growing the workforce: 3706 will extend the HIRE Act, which is already credited with adding 5.6 million jobs4;
    2. by adding a fifth tier of unemployment benefits, which add $1.61 to the GDP5 for every dollar spent.
  • Please ask Chairman Baucus to add 3706 to his Committee's legislative calendar. Americans want to work.

Contact your Senators, especially if they're on the Senate Finance Committee. Ask to speak with the Legislative Director or the Legislative Assistant who deals with jobs and the economy. Deliver the pitch. Thank you.

Suggestions on how to hone the argument are greatly welcomed.


  1. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number does not take into account people who have stopped looking for work after 99 weeks.
  2. BLS JOLTS News Release, August 11, 2010
  3. BLS Employment Situation Summary, August 6, 2010
  4. "Nationally, from February 2010 to June 2010, businesses have hired an estimated 5.6 million new workers who had been unemployed for eight weeks or longer, making those businesses eligible to receive billions in HIRE Act tax exemptions and credits for hiring long-term unemployed workers." (source)
  5. source: Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics (PDF link)


  1. Great idea!
    We've got to get people to encourage the Senators to pass this!
    Any objection such as "People are unwilling to take the jobs when they collect ui benefits" should be answered with this: "Show them the jobs and they will apply for them! WHERE ARE THESE MYSTERIOUS JOBS? The Economic Policy Institute says there is only one job for every 5 unemployed persons."

    UI Benefits go right back into the economy, stimulating it and keeping people from becoming homeless at the same time.

  2. I am working minimum wage after making $20 a hour! SURE we want to work, I have been working for 30 years but jobless for 2 yrs and this minimum wage job makes me feel WORTH!. America is so divided and Obama is so hated by the angry people for whatever reasons within themselves that this country will never be the same and maybe it shouldn't. I wish the DNC with President Obama will MAN UP and show some balls to let the Republicans know enough is enough! This is YOUR leftover messes we have to clean up AND the Stimulus package is keeping states from bankruptcy! They need to tell the American people the TRUTH and not cow-down like cowards.

  3. Ok! So I was giving up on everything today the reason for that is I stop getting my unemployment and still no luck on a job. I was think hey work 2 part time jobs to make ends met but not even one. The stack for application is to high in out small town. I was thinking post a comment so maybe someone high up could read it and to help the unemployed out with a tier V. I will still try my hardest to find a job but as far as waiting for senators to pass a tier V people good luck. I have two kids and a single parent every minute counts. Not having income to provide for them makes me sad.What happens if they do not pass a tier V? What happens to everyone that is unemployment with no job yet? I hope they answers these question for us soon. If no Tier V than get us some employment FAST! Everyone good luck!

  4. i live in a little town that has no jobs anywhere i have exausted my benefits and my wife has too we have no saveings left and two children to feed and a home to take care of there is no way that we can live another month without some help the government needs to wake up america is in bad shape and the people are to that is what makes up america the people and if there own government wont help them then america is going down the drain.

  5. presadent obamha is a low down piece of trash that does not care about the people of this great country he needs to man up put his but on the line for the people and maybe he would get some respect from us.


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