The Senate is on autopilot to pass a 5-month Unemployment Benefits Extension on Monday (see bottom of post for details). In the House of Representatives, the Republicans refuse to allow a vote.
If the House does not VOTE before it leaves for Spring Break for two weeks on April 11, then we will have nothing.
Hopefully this convinces you to:
tweet 23 targets: http://www.aa4u.org/news/2014/4/1/zyt37naao3i3knp40vu367q3y1iq58
call 23 targets: http://www.aa4u.org/news/2014/3/30/more-november-fools
distribute fliers http://www.aa4u.org/calihouseflyers/ (I can custom make some for your state or, if you prefer, i can make a smaller image that is good for sharing on facebook.)
email the link to our petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/activist-alliance-for
email the link to our blog where we target decision makers for mass call-ins:
here is a handy link to send a letter to your representative, just put in your zip and a letter is pre-written for you:
here is a link to tell your story somewhere it might be published anonymously:
SENATE UPDATE: vote scheduled for Monday. The Senate Republicans tried to add amendments to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline and gut environment regulations (which could have put the bill in jeopardy of a Presidential veto) but the Senate Democrats fought them back: http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/unemployment-extension-deal-falls-apart-final-vote-monday/
The bill that is being voted on in the Senate that contains the Unemployment Benefits Extension amendment is H.R. 3979: "Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014". It's progress can be tracked here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3979
Here is what House Republicans have to say: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/03/the-senate-is-going-to-pass-an-unemployment-insurance-extension-today-the-house-is-unimpressed/
Here is good background info and answers to some questions: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-senate-unemployment-insurance-deal-and-why-it-might-never-become-law/
--Thank you for your activism, we can only make change if we pull together....namaste, Laura Rubalcaba