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Senate Republicans block extension of unemployment benefits… again

Senate Republicans– including Arizona’s John McCain and Jon Kyl– have repeatedly blocked extension of unemployment benefits in recent weeks.

Since benefits started to expire in May, more than 1 million Americans have lost their unemployment benefits.

Ironically, the same people, who spent like drunken sailors and cut taxes for the rich (thus reducing the country’s revenue) during the Bush years, now use the we-must-live-within-our-means excuse when asked to support measures that will help working class Americans.

“The debate has little to do with economic reality and everything to do with political posturing,” according to the NY Times.

At the same time they were ignoring millions of jobless Americans, Republicans worked to preserve loopholes in the banking reform legislation that would benefit wealthy money mangers and stopped moves which would halt tax avoidance by some small businesses– thus ignoring 2 strategies that would nip away at the deficit.

The Republicans don’t care about reducing the deficit; they’re just using it as an excuse to say, “no” to Main Street Americans, while continuing to say “yes” to Wall Street.

The Congress has now left DC for an Independence Day break. Too bad McCain doesn’t have any campaign events planned for this weekend. It would have been a great opportunity for jobless Arizonans to ask him about his vote.

2 comments on “Senate Republicans block extension of unemployment benefits… again

  1. caroline B
    June 13, 2011

    This is DISGRACEFUL…the money comes from the FEDERAL government NOT state government and you want these people to suffer even more than they are already suffering? Especially the unemployed over 40 years old…no one even gives them a chance for employment…these people WANT jobs and are being discriminated against.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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