Read about the bill. The Americans Want to Work Act provides incentives for businesses to hire and it provides a bridge for job seekers, by:
- Creating an additional tier of benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment insurance;
- Extending the successful HIRE Act payroll tax exemption through the end of 2011;
- Doubling the general business tax credit to encourage businesses to hire the hardest hit Americans.
As of 8/13/2010, the Americans Want To Work Act has one sponsor and
nine11 co-sponsors. The goal is a filibuster-proof 60 yes votes.
Quoting from "EspiritE"
Bill Status for the 99ers “American Want to Work Act – S.3706” I spoke to Nancy Pelosi’s & Harry Reid’s offices as many of you are aware the bill was introduced last week by Senate Stabenow and supporters of the bill last week. At this point it’s tracked to go through some of the regular bill processes as in routing to the Congressional Budget Officer a.k.a. CBO & the Taxation Committee simultaneously and then continue through the legislative process debate, vote, pass, and sign. At this point no one is anticipating this occurring during the recess, but continue the calls.
Here's how you can help:
- Look up your Senators' names and your state's unemployment rates. Scroll back up here when you're ready.
- Be pleasant and polite. Please and thank you.
- Phone the United States Capitol switchboard at 1 (202) 224-3121, and ask the switchboard operator to connect you to your Senator's office.
- Introduce yourself: "Hi, I'm..." and tell the person you're talking to where you're from. A phone call from a constituent carries much more weight than a call from out of state.
- Express your concerns about your state's unemployment rate.
- Tell the person you're speaking to that the job numbers just don't add up: the latest reports show that there are 4.3 million job openings1 for 14.6 million unemployed people2.
- The number you're most concerned about: there are at least 1.4 million workers who have been unemployed for at least 99 weeks. When Congress authorized additional support for the unemployed, they didn't do so for the 99ers.
- Senator Stabenow's bill, S.3706, can help the 99ers.
- Ask the person you're talking to if the Senator will co-sponsor S.3706, the Americans Want to Work Act.
- If they will, great!
- If the Senator's office says no, please ask why, then thank them for their time.
- Whether the Senator is a yes or a no, get in contact with me and let me know. I'll update the list.
Other Ways To Help
- Spread the word - tweet this to your friends and followers: ask your Senator to support Senator Stabenow's legislation - the Americans Want To Work Act - http://is.gd/eg6FE #p2 #tcot #99ers
- Track the bill's progress on GovTrack or Thomas
- Write to your Senators - each of them has a contact form on their website. Here's the note I sent to mine:
Dear Senator Gillibrand,
Unemployed New Yorkers need your voice.
Recent statistics from the Labor Department show that there are at least four unemployed workers for every job opening - an unsustainable situation for those who have lost careers, life and retirement savings, and perhaps even the roof over their heads.
Senator Stabenow has introduced S.3706, the Americans Want To Work Act, which will help the 99ers - New Yorkers who have used up the current tiers of unemployment benefits - by giving businesses incentives to hire the unemployed, as well as to create a fifth tier of benefits.
Senator Schumer is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Will you please add your name as a co-sponsor, and will you vote yes to S.3706?
Senators, Unemployment Rates and Vote Status
|Joe Lieberman||Independent Democratic|
|New Hampshire||Judd Gregg||Republican||5.9|
|New Jersey||Frank Lautenberg||Democratic||9.6||Co-sponsor|
|New Mexico||Jeff Bingaman||Democratic||8.2|
|New York||Chuck Schumer||Democratic||8.2||Co-sponsor|
|North Carolina||Richard Burr||Republican||10.0|
|North Dakota||Kent Conrad||Democratic-NPL||3.6|
|Bob Casey, Jr.||Democratic||Co-sponsor|
|Rhode Island||Jack Reed||Democratic||12.0||Co-sponsor|
|South Carolina||Lindsey Graham||Republican||10.7|
|South Dakota||Tim Johnson||Democratic||4.5|
|Texas||Kay Bailey Hutchison||Republican||8.2|
|Robert Foster Bennett||Republican|
|West Virginia||Jay Rockefeller||Democratic||8.5|