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The Week Ahead in Congress

July 18, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The big item on the agenda this week will be the unemployment extension bill that’s been stuck in the Senate for the past month and a half. Sen. Robert Byrd’s [D, WV] interim replacement, Carte Goodwin, is going to be sworn-in to the Senate on Tuesday at 2:15, and immediately afterwards, he will vote with 57 other Democrats plus Republicans Snowe and Collins in favor of “cloture,” which will end the filibuster and allow the bill to move forward towards final passage.

As I explained Friday, after they pass cloture, the Senate will still have to take one more vote on the bill (within 30 hours of passing cloture) before they can send it over to the House of Representatives for the final vote before it is sent to Obama for his signature. As you’ll see in the schedule below, the House is already anticipating having the bill sent over to them from the Senate sometime this week. This whole thing should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In the meantime, when they’re not working on the unemployment bill, both chambers will be voting on all kinds of other stuff, like small business loans, safer oil drilling technology, and helping Haitian orphans. Take a look for yourself below.

First, the House schedule:

MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:00 p.m.

Suspensions (5 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1472 - Expressing support for designation of the week of September 13, 2010, as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (Rep. Polis – Education and Labor)
  2. H.Con.Res. 126 – Recognizing the 50th anniversary of Title VI international education programs within the Department of Education (Rep. Watson – Education and Labor)
  3. H.Res. 1219 – Expressing support for designation of September as National Child Awareness Month (Rep. Calvert – Education and Labor)
  4. H.Res. 1491 – Congratulating the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on winning the 2010 NCAA Division I College World Series (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Education and Labor)
  5. H.R. 1855SECTORS Act (Rep. Loebsack – Education and Labor)

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (24 Bills)

  1. H.R. 5266 - National Commission on Children and Disasters Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Brown (FL) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  2. H.R. 5545 – To deauthorize a portion of the project for navigation, Potomac River, Washington Channel, District of Columbia, under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  3. H.Res. 1463 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Railroad Retirement Day (Rep. Perriello – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  4. H.R. 5604 – Surface Transportation Savings Act of 2010 (Rep. Perriello – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  5. H.R. 5301 – To extend the period during which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and States are prohibited from requiring a permit under section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for certain discharges that are incidental to normal operation of vessels (Rep. LoBiondo – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  6. H.R. 4842 – Homeland Security Science and Technology Authorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security)
  7. H.Res. 1516 – Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, honoring the service members who fought in World War II and their families, and honoring the service members who are currently serving in combat operations (Rep. Skelton – Armed Services)
  8. H.Res. 1411 – Honoring the service and commitment of the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (Rep. Schwartz – Armed Services)
  9. H.Res. 1483 – Recognizing the exemplary service and sacrifice of the soldiers of the 14th Armored Division of the United States Army, known as the Liberators, during World War II (Rep. Gingrey – Armed Services)
  10. H.R. 5341 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Orndorf Drive in Brighton, Michigan, as the “Joyce Rogers Post Office Building” (Rep. Dingell – Oversight and Government Reform)
  11. H.Res. 1513 – Congratulating the Saratoga Race Course as it celebrates its 142nd season (Rep. Murphy (NY) – Oversight and Government Reform)
  12. H.R. 4684 – National September 11 Memorial & Museum Commemorative Medal Act (Rep. Nadler – Financial Services)
  13. H.R. 5283 – Help HAITI Act of 2010 (Rep. Fortenberry – Judiciary)
  14. H.R. 5532 – International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary)
  15. H.Res. 1470 – Honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished career of Chief Justice William S. Richardson (Rep. Djou – Judiciary)
  16. H.R. 5566 – Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010 (Rep. Gallegly – Judiciary)
  17. S. 1749 – Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 (Sen. Feinstein – Judiciary)
  18. H.R. 1469 – Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009 (Rep. Schiff – Judiciary)
  19. Senate Amendments to H.R. 725 – Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act (Rep. Pastor – Natural Resources)
  20. S. 1053 – To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date (Sen. Murkowski – Natural Resources)
  21. H.R. 5716 – Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act (Rep. Gordon – Science and Technology)
  22. H.R. 2693 – Federal Oil Spill Research Program Act (Rep. Woolsey – Science and Technology)
  23. H.Con.Res. 292 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Aerospace Week (Rep. Ehlers – Science and Technology)
  24. H.R. 4380 - U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means)

H.R. 1264 – Multiple Peril Insurance Act (Rep. Taylor – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule)

Further Action on H.R. 4213 – Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.

* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.      

* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

And here’s what’s on the Senate calendar so far for the week:

Monday, July 19 — Convenes: 2:00pm

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 3:00pm, the Senate will resume consideration of HR5297, the Small Business Jobs bill. There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session of the Senate.

Votes:

There will be no roll call votes on Monday, July 19.

Tuesday, July 20

Votes:

2:30pm roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture with respect to H.R.4213, which extends Unemployment benefits through November.

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Comments

Displaying 1-30 of 148 total comments.

artledoux 07/19/2010 2:25am
in reply to purplelilac3084 Jul 19, 2010 1:29am

They need to use the remaining 352 billion dollars that has not been allocated
for job creation. If they get people back to work revenue will increase and
pay off the measly deficit created by extending unemployment. If you want
to be excited why not be excited about the 700 billion plus given to Banks
and AIG. They did not bat an eye about the deficit when they gave them money.
When it comes to helping working Americans to keep a roof and eat though
that is different.
Art LeDoux

jeff83 07/18/2010 9:20pm

Hey republicans, if the national deficit is to high and we are to broke to help the unemployed any longer why are we still spending like crazy to help the afghanistan people?! I USED to be a republican until I saw how heartless your party is.

understanding 07/19/2010 4:17am
in reply to artledoux Jul 19, 2010 2:25am

Remember there is no longer range unemployment package in the works or any job creation plan. If the Republicans gain control of the Congress, you can kiss the remaining stimulus money good-bye. It will be filtered into the Bush Tax Cuts and making it permanent. Or they will do what the Democrats are doing, hiding the spending in other bills.

Watch when the Republicans do an about face on 600+ billion for the Tax cuts.

lspellegrino 07/19/2010 4:52am
in reply to artledoux Jul 19, 2010 2:25am

Job creation sounds great in theory, but the problem is, they are NOT giving the jobs to those that really need it…the people that are in their 50’s and have lost their life-long jobs. Even with job training, the employers are only hiring the younger applicants. There needs to be job creation that is targeted for the older displaced worker. My husband and I are both out of work, and we can’t even get an interview. When an employer sees a resume with over 24 years at one employer, they automatically know your general age. I have been in job training and I am almost completed with it, but I am still not getting interviews. We DO NOT want handouts…we want to work!

mikes1lakerfan 07/18/2010 9:27pm

ATTENTION PEOPLE!!!!PLEASE REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER THAT WE THE AMERICAN CITIZINS THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED NEED TO VOTE THESE REPUBLICAN SENTATORS OUT OF OFFICE. RIGHT NOW IT IS GREATLY ATICPATED THAT THE DEMOCRATES WILL LOSE THE MOJORITY SEATS IN THE SENATE COME NOVEMBER. WE CAN NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!!! I AM A REPUBLICAN BUT ABSOLUTLY CAN NOT BELIEVE THE B.S. THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS PULLING IN CONGRESS. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLICAN OR DEFICIT PROBLEM!! THIS IS A MORAL & HUMANE ISSUE. KEEP IN MIND EITHER BILL H.R.4213 OR H.R.5618 THAT PASSES IN CONGRESS IS ONLY EFFECTIVE UNTIL NOV.30TH AND IF THE REPUBLICANS HOLD THE MAJORITY SEATS AFTER NOVEMBERS VOTE YOU KNOW WHAT THE MEANS.
I STRONGLY FEEL THAT IF THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT AFFORD TO TAKE CARE AND FEED THE UNEMPLOYED, THEN THIS GOVERNMENT HAS NO EXCUSE FUNDING A FORIEN WAR WITH TAX PAYER’S MONEY!!!

shirlallen4 07/19/2010 7:40am

(Jesus). Let’s let this weeks blog be about Him. “Father God I ask that you bless my brother & sister who’s reading this that you give them the strength, guidance, and help they need father. God you said in your word, matthew 18:19, that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”. God we’re handing all of our troubles over to you because we know that this is not our battle, its yours God, and as we pray this week and come together as believers we know its done God. Father God, I even pray for the one who’s not a believer. Change their heart,mind and spirit, let today be a new beginning for them, allow them to open their mouths and pray, allow them to open their Bibles, and read your word. Father God, In your name I pray".
Amen.

zen_maker 07/18/2010 11:30pm
in reply to jeff83 Jul 18, 2010 9:20pm

Its the party of blamers, all they do is blame, and think they people will agree with them. Democrats are not saints either, but at least they are trying to help the unemployed, and provide sufficient healthcare for the uninsured, whats wrong with that? over the budget? STOP the wars and you will have your budget!

juju39567 07/19/2010 5:04am

ok why is it when i awoke this morning and turned tv to cnn the first headline i saw scroll across the bottom of screen was " Obama to push for unemployment benefit extention" In the almost 2 MONTHS ive been hanging on a thread and needle, kicking and screaming for news coverage and for Obama to speak up for us there was ZERO headlines in news and ZERO comments from our president. Now that its a done deal he wants to try to grab some spotlight by looking like he spoke and got it passed.
For those that have been on here yall know my disgust with the republican party for playing politics and now he jumps on the politics bandwagon. We are broke, hungry, fixing to lose assets, but we are not stupid. Yes i am excited at the notion of going grocery shopping when this passes but i will never forget all those who left me struggling the past two months, and will always have a sour taste in my mouth for those playing politics in 3 million peoples time of need

shirlallen4 07/19/2010 7:42am

(Jesus). Let’s let this weeks blog be about Him. “Father God I ask that you bless my brother & sister who’s reading this that you give them the strength, guidance, and help they need father. God you said in your word, matthew 18:19, that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”.

starfishncoffee 07/19/2010 6:38pm

I have to say that my heart breaks everytime I see a post blaming one party or the other. If you are in the mindset of blaming by party, then you are duped, distracted and truly need to step back and see the big picture through someone else’s glasses. You are being played like a violin.

This is NOT a party thing! This IS a disgusting, blatant display of the REAL people that have been elected to supposedly SERVE the public. They ALL play political chess ALL the time. It’s a power hungry machine that has gotten too big for itself because of the common citizen’s complacency and ignorance.

How many of you will be checking in daily to see what Congress is up to AFTER this whole thing is settled and you have your checks coming in again?! You don’t have to post your answer…just think and answer honestly to yourself. Every day that goes by and they are not being watched closely, they are like unminded children. Out of control and up to no good, doing things they KNOW are NOT right.

seanurse 07/19/2010 11:02am

EVERYONE MUST REMEMBER NOVEMBER. WE ALSO NEED TO GET THE EXTENSIONS FOR THE 99ERS GOING STRONGER. WE NEED ATIER 5 EVEN THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS TODAY. SO SOON AS THIS PASSES THIS WEEK WE MUST PUT PRESSURE BACK ON THEM. WE HAVE THE WHOLE MONTH THAT THEY ARE OFF TO GET THINGS TOGETHER. PROTESTS, SIGNS ,RALLYS, AND GET OURSELVES BETTER SITUATED. WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO DO THINGS WE COULDNT THIS TIME AROUND,BECAUSE THEY CAUGHT US OFF GUARD. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! WE MUST STICK TOGETHER AND FIGHT,FIGHT, FIGHT FOR OUR CONTRY AND OUR RIGHTS!!!!

starfishncoffee 07/19/2010 6:59pm

And it’s not just in Congress! It starts at your local level. That’s where they start! If they can’t get it right on the small scale, what makes you think they can do ANY better in a higher position??!! Yet they keep getting voted back in because people are too damned lazy to check into what they’ve been up to. Sad and sickening.

So here we are today. Now Obama is suddenly speaking up…may I remind you that the presidency is the coveted title all these politicians hope to get??!! As if you should believe the president because he said so…UGH! Break out your chess board and think.

I hope through all of this, people have opened their eyes to what their government has turned into. This isn’t a party thing NOR a recent thing. It does exist though and it will continue to fester as long as the sheep (US citizens) keep following blindly. Just keep following that little club of power driven, manipulative, deceitful monsters straight to the ugly end. May God have mercy on us all.

vcfitz 07/19/2010 6:06am

The politicians need to stop playing their political games for the November Elections and stop playing with people’s lives like this. They need to PASS this Extension and HELP the AMERICAN people first before they even consider helping other countries like Haiti. We have people living on the streets, and in their cars because the Politicans are too busy enjoying their Caviar at their glamorous luncheons! It’s not the common folks fault that the recession happened and it’s not their fault that businesses aren’t hiring. Everyone is doing their part in trying to find Employment and pay their bills and stand on their OWN two feet. Maybe we should take away the politicans funds of all kinds and bring them down to the common folk level and let them see how it feels to be one of us for a change. They want to help other countries without helping their own country that they live in…how does that make sense?

rayinman 07/18/2010 7:55pm

When this passes… Does anyone know how the house is preparing to vote with the amendments that were added to the bill? is this something that can be stalled in the house? and will the states start check distribution once the senate has approved it or will they sit and wait for the president to sign the bill? I have been sweet talking my apt manager telling her that money will come by the end of the week… if i don’t have anything for her i am sure she will be forced to evict me. not to mention that every last piece of food i have will be gone by Friday. God I cant believe our gov’t would allow this to happen to its own…

jakj1 07/19/2010 5:45am

This is what some of our elected officals are getting paid while doing nothing!!

Majority Leader – $193,400
Minority Leader – $193,400
Senate Leadership
Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400
Speaker of The House – $223,500
The current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

Chris51 07/19/2010 1:54pm
in reply to rayinman Jul 18, 2010 7:55pm

Eight years of Bush’s wink, wink Administration. Those years made the few wealthy families, Special Interest groups, big corporate executives, GOP, and long-term politicians wealthier, while they led the USA into economic collapse. These Republican Senators have grown callus to struggling Americans, and continue to ignore them, simply trying to cast the people aside.

Watch out, the GOP & Republicans plan on standing on their "Deficit Concern” tomorrow. They will never answer the question of why didn’t their actions show any “Deficit Concern” during Bush’s 2000-2008 years?
What do you think they are going to protect?!
Top Contributors to Federal Candidates and Parties
INSURANCE: 2000-2010 Total $214,585,915
OIL & GAS: 2000-2010 Total $155,373,800
COMMERCIAL BANKS: 2000-2010 Total $150,549,225
PHARMACEUTICALS/HEALTH PRODUCTS: 2000-2010 Total $139,237,802

zen_maker 07/18/2010 11:25pm
in reply to rayinman Jul 18, 2010 7:55pm

Its the republicans, they don’t care about general population especially the unemployed, we are like dogs for them. They are all about budget and wars.

Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 10:10am
in reply to KyleAbbott Jul 19, 2010 10:01am

you can;t blame the “dems” for that one, the democrats in general want to help us and would vote for it, it is the the fault of two individuals that nothing can be done, Pelosi and Reid. you can not blame an intire party over the games being played by two individuals, The “dems” have been up in arms in they pas,t mad as hell over pelosi blocking beneifts. You can not blame them for the actions of two individuals in their party.

do you think for a minute the the senate democrats would vote no on a stand alone unemployment extension if reid allowed one to be voted on? Actually they tried before the memorial day break Both senate democrats and republicans voted for it but pelosi wouldn’t allow for a vote, the house dems were furious, don’t blame them because someone that just happens to have a D at the end of her name does something stupid.

Chris51 07/18/2010 7:56pm

Great interview. Shows where the politicians stand on UI Ext., and what politicians do best… avoid the truth, twist the truth, and try to deceive Americans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDOb8E7D8tc

1. Do Mitch McConnell(R-KY)& GOP understand Americans are unemployed, but not stupid. They can continue to manipulate the numbers GDP to Deficit percentage in attempt to win in November’s election.
2. Do McConnell and GOP really think Americans can’t add, and figure how the Fed. Deficit got into the Trillions$?
Let’s see, here is just a small list of the dollars Bush Administration/GOP started piling up in USAs Fed. Deficit: Two Oil War, Total Cost 1.6 TRILLION; Bank Bailout, $700 BILLION in October 2008 (prior to Obama Administration); Tax Breaks, Cost 1.8 TRILLION so far (most went to high incomes earners of $250,000+, and the rest of America received on average $100), Prescription Overhaul Bill…
Americans are unemployed, but not stupid. VOTE SMART IN NOVEMBER.

fanofjims 07/19/2010 4:41am

Please pay close attention to what YOU see happenning in the senate. To say I am not voting for a party is not the issue. No mater what party they are with, each has found ways to delay the issue of unemployment for the last 3 weeks.
It is unfortunate that Americans are disorganized when it comes to sticking together. ANY Senator who delayed this from going through back in June needs voted out and replaced, Republican or Democrat. This issue is no more than a game of political chess to these people and they know that we won’t vote in unity. Back in the day, people would have willingly gave their lives to any country or government that tried disrupting the freedom of life we have here.
Yet we won’t lift a finger to overthrow or disrupt the structure these government officials are paid from. Instead of backing the war in Iraq, How about we back the one in our own country against unemployment.

shirlallen4 07/18/2010 9:07pm

Ok people this week we are going to stay positive. I’ve read blogs from 1 wanting to commit suicide- to not knowing for sure which bill will be scheduled for Tuesday.

mikes1lakerfan 07/19/2010 5:38am
in reply to purplelilac3084 Jul 19, 2010 1:29am
That’s true but how many bills for UI Extension have you heard of or seen the Republican Party submit or suggest before congress since the last UI bill has expired??? One right before the 4th of July break and it was a Bull sh-t. It only extended UI benefits for two months. Like I said IF THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF ITS UNEMPLOYED THEN THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHY THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE FIGHTING A FOREIGN WAR. Go to CNN and check out the interview with Mitch McConnell by Candy Crowley and what excuses he gives & how he dances around answering the question about adding the deficit!! Copy and paste this link. http://www.cnn.com/video/ look under politics and look for the video titled McConnell wants to pivot on debt!!!
artledoux 07/19/2010 6:04am
in reply to lspellegrino Jul 19, 2010 4:52am

You are right, several in my family have this problem. My wife will be
50 soon. She lost her job over 2 years ago, they sent her to school and
they were suppose to give unemployment till she was done. However since
June she has not received it. I know it will be hard for her when she’s
done with school this fall. You would think that employers would want
people with experience that they can count on to show up to work and
put in a full day. I am in a union and though I am not working now when
I do work they have a 50 and over clause that states they can’t be
below 1 in 5 ratio. So for every 5, 1 must be over 50 if available.
I think it should be a national requirement on large companies.
Art LeDoux

dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 11:06am

OK so I noticed that the House vote on this bill is “SUBJECT TO RULES”. Anyone know what this means? Can this cause a delay?? HELP

seanurse 07/19/2010 11:07am

I HEARD IT WOULD ONLY TAKE THREE DAYS FROM THE PRESIDENT SIGNING IT. AS THE FUNDS ARE READY TO GO. THE GOVERMENT IS EMAILING THEIR DECISIONS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICES, SO THEY JUST RELEASE THEM TO OUR CARDS OR BANK ACCOUNTS, JUST LIKE WHEN WE CERTIFY ON MON AND HAVE MONEY ON WED IN OUR ACCOUNTS. GOD I HOPE SO . EVERYBODY KEEP THE FAITH AND BE SAFE.

mikes1lakerfan 07/19/2010 11:05am
in reply to purplelilac3084 Jul 19, 2010 6:17am
Like I said HOW MANY BILS DID YOU SEE OR READ ABOUT THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS TO BE DEBATED OR VOTED ON BEFORE THE LAST UI EXTENSION EXPIRED? What bills are these options in that you are speaking about? You don’t have to agree with my opinion but the FACT of the matter is BOTTOM LINE , YOU HAVE NO UI CHECK RIGHT NOW, NO MATTER HOW ITS PAID FOR BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!
amashoosier08 07/19/2010 6:48am

If you live in Indiana the first 26 weeks are included in your 99 weeks and the uplink system will kick out vouchers for all the back weeks you missed on filing since benefits lapsed. the system will then pay you for all the weeks benefits your eligible for after filing your vouchers. there are 26 weeks then 4 emergency tiers and then 20 weeks EB state benefits that are federally funded all of that totlas 99 weeks.

lspellegrino 07/19/2010 4:59am
in reply to ladbjangles Jul 19, 2010 4:44am

I am in Michigan, and from the discussions that I have had with the caseworkers here, no one really knows what will happen. It is all dependant on how the bill reads once it is finalized. The caseworkers are in as much limbo as we are; they have been give absoulutely no information as to what is going to happen. When I asked one last week what has happened in the past, she said that things have never progressed this far in the 25 years she has worked there. All we can do is keep watching the news, blogs, etc to find out what will transpire.

sunshine916 07/19/2010 6:32am
in reply to fanofjims Jul 19, 2010 5:35am

That’s what I am talking about..Nobody cared and everybody depended on our Government but the media has not covered any news about this because the people are all “Sitting Ducks,” waiting for things to happen. Had we all gotten together and protested, big time protests, then the media would have paid attention and we would have had a voice but nobody did such a thing. It is like young people these days are afraid to fight for their rights. Not like in the 1960’s where there was a revolution for all rights.Why have we stopped organizing rallies and fighting for our rights? Why are we so afraid to stand up and fight for what is ours?

rufusjuice 07/19/2010 4:22am

Folks, I think we need to continue to keep the pressure on both the house and senate with emails and phone calls. I have emailed every republican representative and senator almost every day for the last week. The only thing republicans care about is the november election. They want the economy to be as bad as it can be in hopes that people will blame the democrats. I think 15 million unemployed and out of benefits will be a huge voter block for them to overcome.

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