Action Alerts

Tell Congress to Renew Unemployment Insurance

By April 5, more than 2 million unemployed workers will have lost jobless benefits

if Congress doesn’t act.

The Senate seems ready to help – you can make sure they do.

But House Speaker John Boehner is using every excuse he can think of to prevent UI from coming up for a vote.

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Where things stand:
The Senate will soon be ready for its final vote to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation – maybe by the end of the week.  Please don’t leave anything to chance, and give them one final push.
But Speaker Boehner and his leadership team are preventing UI from being voted on.  First they said it needed to be paid for.  It is paid for in the Senate bill.  Then they said the expiration has gone on for so long, it would be too hard to provide retroactive benefits.  But Jeff Frischmann, head of Nevada state unemployment insurance operations, says “We would stand ready and do it it…We’ll get through it, just like we have in the past.”

What to do:

Contact your Senators* and tell them to vote to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation now.
Contact your Rep. and tell him/her to urge Speaker John Boehner to bring up the Senate bill to restore Unemployment Compensation for a House vote ASAP.

Background:
The Senate is voting to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) this week.  The bill is a bipartisan agreement on a 5-month restoration, with benefits made retroactive so those who were denied assistance after the program expired on December 28 will get back help.  This agreement is an important step forward, made possible because you and many thousands of constituents held their senators accountable.  But it still needs to get to a final vote.  So please send this email to your senators so they know you’re still paying attention, because jobless workers desperately need this help.

Your representative needs a different message.  Speaker Boehner has refused so far to bring a bill to the floor to restore unemployment insurance.  So every House member must be urged to tell the Speaker to bring the Senate bill to the floor and to vote for its passage.

Each week since EUC was allowed to expire, another 72,000 workers and their families have been cut off.  Through April 5, more than 2.3 million people will have been denied assistance.  More than $5 billion in benefits will have been lost to families and communities.  There are still not enough jobs and too many out of work for more than six months.

Two Simple Actions, just by entering your zipcode below:

1) Send emails to your Senators* now. 

Tell them to vote to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation with no more delay.

Depending on how they voted on April 2 on whether to advance the bill, the email will either thank them and urge them to continue their support or urge them to recognize the hardship caused by federal UI expiration and to vote this time to restore benefits.

2) Send an email to your Representative now to tell him/her to insist that restoration of unemployment benefits comes up for a vote – and that (s)he should vote for it. 

Consider inserting facts about your state in place of or in addition to the national numbers shown.  Click here to see figures current through April 5.  For example, Table 1 shows the total number harmed through April 5th in the 4th column; the 5th column shows how many millions of dollars in UI benefits will be lost to the state through April 5th.  You can edit the letter in the text box; the more personalized, the better.

*Senator Cruz (R-TX) was absent for this vote, so we removed him from this list.  We’d encourage Texas advocates to send him a separate note thanking him for his leadership in support of UI restoration and urging his continued efforts to get the Senate to restore unemployment insurance.

In order to address your message to the appropriate recipient, we need to identify where you are.
Please look up and use your full nine-digit zip for the best results.

Please enter your zip/postal code:

Consider inserting facts about your state in place of or in addition to the national numbers shown.  Click here to see figures current through April 5.  For example, Table 1 shows the total number harmed through April 5th in the 4th column; the 5th column shows how many millions of dollars in UI benefits will be lost to the state through April 5th.  You can edit the letter in the text box; the more personalized, the better.

Tell Congress It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Public opinion polls consistently show huge support for raising the minimum wage.  Voters know it’s long overdue.  New bills would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over three years.  Now we need to join in the effort to show members of Congress that their constituents are strong enough in their support to take action. Help hard working Americans by taking one of the actions below!

ACTION #1: Send members of Congress a letter urging them to vote to raise wages for 28 million workers. Click here to view and send the emailable letter to your Senators and Representative.

ACTION#2: Has your member of Congress co-sponsored the S.1737 or H.R.1010 bill to raise the minimum wage? 31 Senators and 190 Representatives have already co-sponsored the bill. But sadly there are many members of Congress who have not shown their support by becoming co-sponsors of the bills.

  • Click here to view the list of Senators and Representatives that have yet to co-sponsor the bill to raise the minimum wage. Encourage them to show their support.
  • DIAL 1-888-245-0215 and ask your Senator(s) and Representative to co-sponsor legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 in three steps while also raising the minimum wage for workers earning tips. It will boost the economy, lift millions out of poverty, and is supported by large majorities of voters in poll after poll. 

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Submit Your Story to the Our American Story Project

Have a story about the way services have helped you and your family? We want to hear from you!

Half in Ten and the Coalition on Human Needs are collecting stories highlighting the ways that federal programs successfully build economic security and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Submit your human needs program success story to the Our American Story project today.

We welcome short video clips or written stories from anyone who can speak to the benefit and success of federal programs such as direct beneficiaries, social service providers, and community, faith or business leaders. For more instructions and guidelines on submitting your story click, check back soon. A sample video is available here.

If you would like to post an action, please contact Mackenzie Tudor at mtudor@chn.org