Dear Working Families e-Activist:
On Wednesday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives refused to allow a debate or vote on a measure to stop President
Bush's overtime pay take-away. They knew that if they allowed a vote, they would lose. A group of 19 Republican representatives,
who had previously voted right on this issue, flipped sides and
joined GOP leaders--blocking overtime pay protections, for now.
Unless representatives demand another vote, the Bush overtime pay take-away will go into effect Aug. 23--and many people will
lose their right to overtime pay.
You can make a difference. Please take one minute right now to send a fax to your U.S. representative by clicking on the link
below. Tell your representative to demand a vote on the overtime pay guarantee already passed in the U.S. Senate.
We've won in the Senate. We've won before in the House of Representatives. But action is needed urgently before it is too
late. This issue is too important to not allow Congress to vote on it.
After you send your fax, please forward this e-mail to your friends, family and co-workers or click below to send them a
Even if Congress passes overtime pay protection, President Bush would still have to sign the legislation undoing his own
overtime regulations. Lawmakers committed to working families will work to attach the overtime pay protection as an amendment
to legislation too important for President Bush to veto.
But it is obvious now that the best way to stop the overtime pay take-away is to throw Bush out of office in November. Over the
next month we'll ask you to get involved in the coming fight by volunteering in your community. This may be the most important
thing you can do to protect overtime pay, jobs, health care and
the other issues we all care about.
Don't forget to take action at the link below.
Look for more soon. Thanks for all you do.
Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
May 14, 2004
Links of Interest
AFL-CIO website news on the vote
The Associated Press news story on the vote
Overtime pay petition
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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld got caught
blatantly contradicting his past statements
on the threat that Iraq posed
A year ago today, the Bush Administration was making its final push toward war in Iraq. We know now that much of what we were told about the threat that Iraq posed was untrue. And rather than own up to their distortion of the facts, Bush administration officials are denying they ever said such things.
But this Sunday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld got caught blatantly contradicting his past statements, and we have the video clip. You can check it out at:
Congress' responsibility is to hold President Bush and his administration accountable for this pattern of deception -- that's why we have the Constitution. But instead, Congress today will debate a resolution congratulating Bush, for (they claim) making the world safer.
We must demand, at a minimum, that Congress censure the President. It's our Representatives' duty to formally reprimand him for misleading us. And we've got to demand it today, while they're debating their anniversary resolution.
Please call your Representative now, at:
Iowa Congressman Steven A. King
DC Phone: 202-225-4426
South Dakota, Rep.
William J. Janklow
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Fremont, Nebraska Congressman Doug Bereuter
Phone: (202) 225-4806
Omaha, Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry
Phone: (202) 225-4155
Make it clear that you are a constituent, then let the staffers know you expect nothing less than Censure.
Our campaign will be stronger if you let us know you're calling, at:
Today, we're holding a press conference at the Capitol, unveiling a new TV ad calling for Censure, and a New York Times ad on the same theme.
And we're taking our Censure petition, signed by more than half a million of us, to Congress, hand-delivering it to each Representative's office. The event is co-sponsored by Win Without War, True Majority, and Working Assets.
Please help reinforce this powerful message with a single phone call now.
Then, why not pass the Rumsfeld clip along to your friends?
Thanks for all you do.
- Carrie, Joan, Noah, Peter, and Wes
The MoveOn.org Team
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
Bush Administration Backs Moving More U.S. Jobs Overseas
Meanwhile, millions of U.S. workers are looking for jobs.
While 15 million U.S. workers are
unemployed, underemployed or too discouraged to continue hunting for work,
the Bush administration has embraced sending more jobs out of the country.
"Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade,"
said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA),
when releasing the annual Economic Report of the President Feb. 9.
"More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's
a good thing."
Since President Bush took office, the country has lost a net 2.9 million
private-sector jobs, including 2.8 million manufacturing jobs. The number
of long-term jobless workers has remained roughly 2 million for months,
and for much of that time long-term unemployment has been at its highest
rate since 1983.
In the face of these bleak figures, the Economic Report of the President
predicts the economy will generate 3.9 million new jobs this year, or an
average of 325,000 new jobs each month. Last spring, the CEA said the
president's millionaire tax cuts would create 306,000 jobs monthly
starting in July. Yet today, the Bush administration is more than 1.8
million jobs short of that prediction.
"This administration has been projecting that jobs are around the
corner for the last three years," says Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
President Lawrence Mishel. "Now it's claiming that the economy will
be able to generate 325,000 jobs a month, which would be more than the
total number of jobs created during the entire last half of 2003, which
was the worst year for job growth in many years."
"Bush is behaving like a gambler on a losing streak-it's double or
nothing, with all the chips on the same losing squares," says
economist and University of Texas public policy Professor James Galbraith.
Working families keep paying the price for that bad bet. "The economy
is too weak to support job growth of 3.9 million this year, and the
prediction is cynical considering the almost 15 million Americans who are
unemployed, underemployed or who have given up looking for work,"
says Center for Economic and Policy Research economist and co-director
Tell President Bush our children and grandchildren deserve a future
that includes good jobs. Call the White House today at 202-456-1111 and
urge the president to stop supporting policies that send jobs overseas and
start supporting policies that will create good jobs for working families.
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