It seems almost daily the media reports a new hundred billion dollar deal for one bank or another. CEOs and Wall Street fat cats are cashing in, big time! Yet, millions of Americans have run out of unemployment benefits and there's no rescue coming for them.
Senate Republicans. After voting for the largest taxpayer funded bail out ever, 25 Republican Senators blocked passage of a short extension of benefits to workers who lost their jobs thanks to the Bush economy. What did these Senators do next? They left town to run for re-election. It seems that the only jobs these guys care about is their own. But, on Election Day, voters had their say and it is time these guys did the right thing. ADA is calling on Congress to pass the extension during the lame duck session. It's what voters want and working people need.
Send this email to your lawmakers in Congress telling them to extend unemployment benefits.
The October Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report revealed that besides the 10.1 million officially tallied unemployed, there were 6.7 million workers able and willing to work full time but were forced to take part-time employment because of poor economic conditions. An additional 1.6 million people wanted to work and had looked for employment during the last 12 months but were unable to find jobs. When these workers are added to the official count, the "real rate" of unemployment reaches 11.8%.
"Congress has the opportunity to extend unemployment benefits during the lame duck session and we strongly urge them to do so as part of an economic recovery package or as a stand alone bill," said Darryl Fagin, ADA Legislative Director. "It's crisis time for working people and it would be a catastrophic failure of leadership for Congress and the President to do nothing."
Please send this email to your lawmakers so they know extending unemployment benefits is a priority.
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