Today on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, Ed Schultz announced good news for the 99er nation. In a live interview Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced the Americans Want to Work Act. The bill includes 20 weeks of UI benefits for all states where Americans have exhausted all current tiers of benefits. The bill apparently includes an extension of certain tax cuts introduced previously in the Hire Act and adds extra incentives to employers who hire those unemployed the longest.
The one thing very disappointing about the announcement was that the bill still needs Republican support and will not come to a vote until after Congress reconvenes in mid-September. This means that the 99ers have to find a way to hold on, with little or nothing, until this bill becomes law.
That will not be easy and millions of Americans just cannot wait, as they go hungry and homeless everyday. What we all need to do is slam Stabenow, Reid and Schumer with calls, faxes and emails demanding Harry Reid (NV) keep the Senate in session and vote on the Americans Want to Work Act before the planned recess, which begins this Friday.
With this latest announcement, Congresswoman Shelley Berkely (NV), with her lame 13 week bill for less than half the states, becomes irrelevant to the 99er cause. One can only hope she also becomes a lame duck Congresswoman in November.
Once again the 99er nation is called upon to act. Here is the new contact list below. Remind the President and Senators that Haiti was helped in 3 days and Americans should not get any less urgency with our need to survive. You cannot tell a hungry person “help is on the way in a few months” and expect to get their loyalty. If they want our votes in November, they need to act now, before Labor Day.
TARGET CONTACT LIST:
Senator Harry Reid 202-224-3542 REID FAX 202-224-7327
Reno office:Tel 775-686-5750 Fax 775-686-5757
202-224-6542 SCHUMER MAIN NUMBER
202-228-3027 SCHUMER FAX NUMBER
Alex_levy@schumer.senate.gov, ** hit this one hard
202-224-4822 STABENOW MAIN NUMBER
STABENOW FAX # 202-228-0325
202-360-5014 matt’s cellular number (24 hour hot line)
202-228-3674 Ilana direct number
ALSO: Stabenow’s back office line: (202) 224 – 1437 Call them now. Call them often. Tell them you are from 99er press.
Here are the Republicans we want to contact in mass now:
Senator Richard Shelby, 202-224-5744 Legislative Director Laura Friedel firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator George LeMieux, 202-224-3041 Legislative Director Michael Zehr (no email for Michael, email instead) email@example.com
Senator John Ensign, 202-224-3041 Legislative Director Pam Thiesse firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Kit Bond, 202-224-5741 Legislative Director Kara Smith email@example.com
Senator Susan Collins, 202-224-2523 Legislative Director Rob Epplin Rob_epplin@collins.senate.gov
Senator Scott Brown, 202-224-4543
Steven Schrage – Chief of Staff (I cannot release his email. Have no other staffer emails to offer)
Senator Olympia Snowe, 202-224-5344
Legislative Director Ron Le Francois firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s Go 99er Nation. Get your friends and family to help. The Americans Want to Work Act MUST be passed immediately!
UPDATE: The proposed bill only covers states with an unemployment rate of 7.5% or higher. According to the June 2010 figures, this bill would leave out the following 16 states: