Monday, June 28, 2010

Unemployment - Special Edition

Millions of us have lost or are losing our unemployment benefits, COBRA ARRA benefits etc. This has all happened because the Senators couldn't get their acts together.

I encourage each and every one of you to write letters and fax them to ALL Senators OR at least to the ones who denied us "extended benefits".

This is where you can find the list of Senators with their fax numbers -

These are the names of the Senators and how they voted - this list comes from this link -

Alphabetical by Senator Name
Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brown (R-MA), Nay
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Not Voting
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
LeMieux (R-FL), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Specter (D-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Here is a letter that I found on another blog site to fax to each Senator.


My condolences on the passing of Mr. Byrd. He was a true American leader, and he will be missed.

My reason to write this today is simple; Americans are truly in need of a helping hand out of the current economic trouble they find themselves in. Jobs availability is scarce and unemployment has ran out for many hundreds of thousands. The social assistance organizations by and large are under funded and cannot meet the demand of the masses, this is a FACT, you know it, and I know it.

Somehow, this has to be met with a one-two-three knock out punch. I have an idea that will work for the short term, after that, it will guide its self, hands off.

First, pass a decent jobs bill to allow funds to flow to business owners for hiring new employees, include a “special-tax reduction” for hiring workers that have been on unemployment one (1) year, or longer, include the suggested F.I.C.A. tax incentive that was presented earlier in congress. Include the job training reimbursement, and maintain these to the end of 2010 for a start off point.

Second, economically speaking, this situation we find ourselves in is destroying my, yours, and everybody else’s way of life, this is non-debatable, it is a fact.
Endless articles have been published regarding how the American way of life is going down the drain, as we stand by and watch it. I will not ramble on about the soon-to-be-homeless, or the bickering in the halls of the Senate or House of Reps. One side wants one thing, the other wants something else in ANY bill, no, you cannot agree on everything, but you MUST agree on “A” thing.

Prior to you going on your July 4th break, lets give us a reason to celebrate America on the 4th.(the reason is that congress does work for the people that voted for them) Provide a package that includes an, “expanded Tier 4 or a new Tier 5” to the EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT situation. Carry it on to the end of the year. You know it is needed, I know it is needed, and everybody else knows it is needed. It seems the partial passage of, H.R. 4213 is now a done deal, as there was excessively much partisan this-for-that in it, some was good, some was not so good.

The “A” thing I refer to is a, “STAND-ALONE” emergency unemployment insurance compensation
Bill, it MUST cover the whole spectrum of need, newly unemployed to those near, at, or past the 99 weeks already extended, yes, it needs to be done again, the economy, as a whole is depending on it, as the threat of deflation looms, it is crucial to pump additional stimulus money out there, Mr. Bernanke and endless top economists have made the same statement. You know it to be true, if not, you are in denial, and this is not good as this is a election year for you “all” inside the beltway. Hammering this all out will not be easy, but it NEEDS to be done, like yesterday, we all know the money is already there, so this cannot be used as an excuse like it will add to the deficit, this is also de-bunkable, yet, another true fact.

Third point is this, create a, “National catastrophic emergency unemployment insurance fund that goes beyond what has already been done, as in constant extensions being renewed every couple of months, (as if it will go away in that time frame, this is narrow minded, true yet again).

I ask that you help the people out, here in the United States of America. These tough times are new, and require new thoughts as how to fix them. The reason we are in these tough times are many, and I feel strongly that we CAN fix them with a few suggestions provided by people from outside of the DC Beltway.
After all, WE are the PEOPLE in,” WE the PEOPLE”

Thank you for your time in, not only reading this, but thank you for implementing these ideas into your schedule, I know you will, as it IS the correct thing to do.

Remember to sign your name and give your address so that it will count. Tell them that you will promote "no re-election" via Social Media.

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  1. Didn't agree with the third section, they will no way go for that one. Perhaps through the end of 2010, then a review again of the economy and national state. Very good points, and good blog.

  2. Michael,
    Thank you for commenting! The letter is meant to be modified to each senders satisfaction and what you want to say. I just wanted to have complete information on my blog for people to use.

  3. Yes, a total "Bravo Blog" you are a rising star!

  4. Consumer007,
    Thank you for your comments on my blog! I just get the information out because everyone needs to know what is going on.

    (Blush) a rising star!