Tomorrow, House Democrats are going to take another shot at restoring extended unemployment benefits. Take a moment, now, Contact your Representatives, & let each of them know just how important it is. We can't afford to let up.
Short version: Congress is going to try to use a discharge petition -- "one of the few tools at the minority party's disposal to push the majority party to hold votes on items it doesn't want to advance" -- to force a vote. We can't just sit back, and hope that it works. Pick up the phone, let 'em know where we stand, and keep the pressure on.
The Huffington Post has the details here:
WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will try to restore long-term unemployment insurance to 2 million workers using a rare parliamentary maneuver on Wednesday.The link here goes to the Contact.gov site, where you can find contact details for your Congressman & Senators if you don't already have them handy. It's a travesty that this has gone on so long. Maybe, just maybe, a big enough outcry will make the difference. Let's light up their switchboards.
The procedural move, called a discharge petition, requires a majority of House members to sign on in support of discharging a bill from committee that has otherwise stalled. Democrats were unable to hit the threshold needed -- 218 votes -- for another recent discharge petition on minimum wage legislation, so it's unlikely they'll succeed with unemployment benefits.
Laura Clawson posted an excellent piece on this this morning, here