On Monday and Tuesday March 28 and 29, 99ers and 99er advocates will be contacting Speaker Boehner and Rep. Cantor to urge them to quickly pass H.R. 589. This legislation, proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) offers 14 additional weeks of unemployment benefits to those who have exhausted unemployment benefits and are not currently working. With upwards of 4 million 99ers, this is vital legislation that will not only help those long-term unemployed, but it will also help the economy recover from its deepest recession since the Great Depression.
The following is taken directly from the American 99ers Union:
On Monday and Tuesday March 28 and 29, please contact House Speaker Boehner and Rep. Cantor
and urge them to pass H.R. 589 A.S.A.P.!
WE MUST HAVE CALLS, FAXES, TWEETS AND WEB MAILS GOING ALL DAY LONG BOTH DAYS!
Speaker John Boehner:
http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/ (web mail)
Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
http://cantor.house.gov/contact/ (web mail)
Phone : 202-225-2815
When calling please mention that you are a member of the American 99ers Union!
This isn’t out of ego for us but rather, Rep. Lee wants the A99U to be recognized as a large group with many members and so we must let them know who we are and that we are strong!
ALSO: Please continue to contact your own Congressperson by fax, phone or email and ask him or her to support Representative Barbara Lee’s H.R. 589 which would add a 14 week extension of unemployment insurance compensation to Tier 1 for all unemployed.
Especially if your Rep. is a Democrat ask him or her to please be willing to a) look for FUNDING for this bill by thinking outside the box; and b) be willing to “strike a deal” with Republicans, to give them something they want (a vote perhaps?), in order to get them to vote for this bill which millions need in order to survive because there still are not enough jobs and many of us are being foreclosed on and evicted with nowhere to go!
(At the above link if you join the site (Congress.org) you can then easily write all of your government contacts (House Representative, Senators and President) from that site and send them all the same letter with one click, track the progress and action on HR 589 and so on.)
It will help everyone if you will say that you are a member of the American 99ers Union when you contact your representative.
Your Congressperson’s contact information can be found at either of the following links:
Additionally, we ask that all American 99er Union member groups and their members support H.R. 589 by going to the American 99ers Union Campaign page at POPVOX.com and clicking on SUPPORT and joining POPVOX. This is a new way to reach our Representatives in Congress and has a great deal of promise for helping to get our word across in a meaningful way. So please take the time to join POPVOX and endorse HR 589 in this way!
Please try to meet with your Representative in person and discuss what it’s like being a 99er and how much you need this bill. Dress as nice as you can and be as polite and professional as you can. Take some stats with you about unemployment and how unemployment benefits are one of the best ways to stimulate the economy. One link with a lot of good information is here:
Once there, click on the EPI link at the top right and then go to Latest Research. The site has many articles about the lack of jobs and high unemployment. For example here is a good article:
Three Years Later, Millions Wait For Jobs
Here is a LETTER, composed by us that you can download and send by fax to your Representative, the Speaker, etc. or you can copy and paste it below and send it via their web mail. If you download it for faxing don’t forget to put your name, address and zip on it before faxing it.
As both your constituent, and Member of the American 99ers Union, I must request your immediate support of H.R. 589, The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act. This important piece of legislation must be signed into law without delay in order to save American lives and stimulate the economy back to health.
The American 99ers Union supports legislation that sustains once hard working Americans, stimulates the economy, and assists in getting Americans back to work. H.R. 589 accomplishes all of these goals.
Look at where the American economy is without extending unemployment insurance and investing in its Citizens:
- 1 million homes were lost to foreclosure in 2010.
- The National Unemployment Rate has remained at 9% or above for 21 consecutive months.
- Defaults on student loans are growing by more than $2,800 dollars per second.
- 147 banks shut their doors in 2010, as a result of a weak economy and soured loans.
- According to projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Income tax payments this year will be nearly 13 percent lower than they were in 2008. As a share of the nation’s economy, taxes collected this year will be the lowest since 1950.
With jobs in the business sector and at the Federal and State level declining and/or anemically moving forward, it is clear that we need to invest in America and Americans in order to help our economy back to health. By extending unemployment insurance to the longest-term unemployed, the unemployed can help bring the economy back to health, as consumer spending accounts for 70% of all economic activity. Therefore I must once again respectfully request that you join as a Co-Sponsor, and vote yes on H.R. 589, The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act.
Member, American 99ers Union
[Please add your name and address to the above and include “Member, American 99ers Union”]
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