Advocates Renew Push to Keep Unemployment Benefits
Source: Roll Call
As the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff draws ever nearer, advocates for out-of-work Americans have redoubled their push to make sure unemployment benefits donít expire for 2 million workers Dec. 29.
The campaign is the centerpiece of a multi-part agenda that the National Employment Law Project, which advocates on behalf of low-income and unemployed workers, released Wednesday.
The groupís 100-day policy agenda for Congress and the Obama administration also includes establishing federal minimum wage and overtime standards for home health care workers, investing $250 billion annually in infrastructure projects over five years, strengthening worker health and safety protections and raising the minimum wage for all workers.
While some items, such as a minimum wage hike, would face stiff GOP resistance on Capitol Hill, others may soon prove within reach. These include extending soon-to-expire unemployment benefits for one year, which is front and center on NELPís agenda. The group is spearheading a lobbying campaign to extend the benefits with a coalition of progressive organizations, from labor to womenís and religious groups.
claims Boehner offered to use the CPI and raise the Age for Medicare to Obama. It also states that is the first time Boehner offered specifics on spending cuts. It looks like Obama accepted half on the spending cuts and rejected raising the age. It looks to me Obama is accommodating Boehner. The Social Security cut was Boehner's idea.
If he signs his name to it. Remember how the pukes pasted the Phil Gramm repeal of Glass/Steagall onto Bill Clinton because he was forced to sign off on it during the Lewinski scandal? We are dealing with the lowest form of scum on this planet.