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Lame Duck Session Begins

Congress returns this week for a special lame duck session to address the nation's ongoing economic crisis.  High on the agenda will be an extension of unemployment insurance, assistance to the U.S. auto industry and a broader economic recovery program.  With just a week before Congress is set to adjourn for the Thankgiving recess,  it is unlikely much will be accomplished.

Watch Helen Thomas Return to the White House

Helen Thomas, venerable Washington correspondant and recipient of ADA's Winn Newman Lifetime Achievement Award, returned to her front row seat at the White House briefing room.  Watch Helen discuss her long career and hear her thoughts on Barack Obama's incoming administration at ADA's new website, www.adaction.org.

Legislative Action

Congress must pass an extension of unemployment benefits this week.  Send your lawmakers this email using ADA's new online advocacy system urging action and check out ADA's website for more information on why an extension of unemployment benefits is the best way to stimulate the economy.  Also, watch President-elect Obama call for an extension of UI on ADA's website.

ADA is calling on Congress to act in support of workers in the auto industry.  Change is needed in the industry for sure, but in order for that change to occur, American auto companies must have the time and capital needed to get the job done.  Call your lawmakers today at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support assistance to automakers so hardworking American workers in this cornerstone industry do not become the latest sacrifices of the Bush economy.  Find your lawmakers here and check ADA's website for updates and opinion.

Events

Stay tuned for news on Inauguration Day events.

Articles of Interest

Miami Herald Cites ADA Voting Record as House Repulicans Try to Out 'Loser" Each Other

ADA President, Richard Parker, Writes for the New York Times

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