I just spoke w/Senator Harry Reid's office, it seems Senator Reid controls the calendar for that Congress uses to schedule votes on pending legislation.
Per the office representative I spoke with - THERE IS NO SCHEDULED VOTE FOR THE EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 19th! According to
Senator Reid's office person Senator Reid doesn't want to put the bill up to a vote until he knows it will pass!
I don't know if main stream media is intentionally publishing the misleading article that the vote will be Monday, July 19th or if someone from Senator Reid's office is supplying incorrect information to the media (I'm leaning towards the latter). Senator Reid's WA office number is not "published" you can reach him by contacting the Senate Operator at 202.224.3121 and asking for the office of Senator Reid.
When I asked the receptionist on how Senator Reid expected those of us who have no income due to being cut off from unemployment to survive - her response was APPLY FOR STATE WELFARE!
Nice? These are the kind of people we have running our country? I verified that Senator Reid is up for "re-election" in November? She responded YES, I asked her how she thought Senator Reid would enjoy his UNEMPLOYMENT after November?
She hung up on me! If you are unemployed & losing everything please call and let
Senator Reid know! Even though he tried to avoid receiving any calls, well I guess he never came up against A LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED SECRETARY!
I am sending this regarding the "pending" vote regarding the Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension on behalf of myself and the other millions of Americans who have been cut-off from our only financial lifeline.
I find it incredulous that during this trying economic time that the continuation of financial assistance to the millions of Americans unable to find employment is an issue, that Congress can actually justify taking a "July 4th" break, the upcoming month long break in August.
How you can justify this while UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS are unable to buy food, pay their rents/
mortgages, losing their places to live, unable to keep their utilities on? I'm not sure how you think we can continue our employment search with no telephones, internet service, unable to put gas in the car to get to interviews or in the event of being able to find employment, hoarding enough from the last unemployment check to gas up the car to get to and from any job until the first paycheck comes in?
The deficit wasn't a concern when you handed out tax dollars to support the banking industry, the auto industry (who was in trouble due to inferior products) who should' have been allowed to fail!
I understand that the banks have repaid their TARP loans, that there is still funding in the "stimulus fund" that can be used to cover the cost of extending the much needed unemployment benefits. I also have some other suggestions to help in the procurement of the needed funding to continue unemployment compensation to the millions of Americans currently out of work.
1. If you are planning to be off the month of August - TAKE IT UNPAID!
2. A 5% pay cut across the board for all Federal Employees - the only exemptions being Emergency
Personnel and Law Enforcement
3. Institute IMMEDIATELY a 1 day a month UNPAID FURLOUGH FOR ALL NON EMERGENCY
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (the state governments are also doing this)
4. There is over $3 billion dollars combined owed to the Federal Government in back taxes by
Federal employees. Begin garnishing their wages to recoup some of that money! Thoen once
the debt is paid, they should be fired for STEALING FROM THEIR EMPLOYER - that will assist
in "JOB CREATION" for the unemployed (since stealing from your employer is grounds for
termination, you can also go to jail? - Why are "Federal" employees exempt from the rules?
5. Stop the "tax credits" to BIG BUSINESS such as the Oil Companies, Banks
6. Stop promising American tax dollars handouts to other countries
7. BRING BACK THE GOLDEN RULE OF "TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN"
There are MILLIONS OF AMERICANS including myself who have been cut-off from the only financial lifeline we have available, my family & friends have been trying to help financially while I desperately look for employment - but I as most "long-term" unemployed whose families are also under financial distress are no longer able to beg & borrow.
I did contact Senator Harry Reid's office to request that he move the "vote" date up on the EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION EXTENSION due to I read in the main stream media that the vote was scheduled for July 19th.
Per the office representative I spoke with - THERE IS NO SCHEDULED VOTE FOR THE EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR JULY 19th! When I asked if Senator Reid had any "guidance" on how myself and the other of MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS were to survive - I was told to APPLY FOR STATE WELFARE!
This is how the American Congress takes care of the American People? No wonder the US is in the situation that it is!
THE AMERICAN UNEMPLOYED NEED OUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION NOW!!!