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They voted no! Let's return the favor 
22nd-Jul-2010 12:44 pm
"Congress has approved a six-month extension of emergency jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. On a vote of 272 to 152, the House gave the measure final approval and sent it on to the White House, where aides said President Obama plans to sign it immediately.

The Senate passed the measure Wednesday."

-- Washington Post

Ten Democrats in the House voted "Nay" on H.R.4213 - Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010. In the Senate several Democrats also voted "Nay" and several Democrats abstained.

Here are the House roll call and the Senate roll call. Please feel free to spread these links around.
22nd-Jul-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
At least it passed... and thanks for the List of "Democrats" to not-support in future elections (and to oppose, probably, in contested primaries).

[Tangent] Not that I'm astonished, but I _am_ somewhat surprised by the ... obliviousness of so many Legislators (including Democrats) who are leaping on the Balanced Budget bandwagon. Granted, what they say and how they actually vote are different things, but I really would expect more of them to acknowledge some obvious facts.

Government (Federal, State, Local) is by far the largest single employer in the country. The only way the Budget is likely to be balanced is by firing many Government employees. (Increasing tax rates (even if only for the Very Wealthy, who used to pay much higher taxes back when we were much more prosperous) does not appear to be an option, now that they & Big Businesses can contribute a practically-infinite amount of money to political candidates campaigns. Neither does reducing significantly the amount of tax money devoted to the Military-Industrial Complex -- which, to be fair, gives employment to a large number of people.) So the number of unemployed Americans will increase greatly. Somehow, that does not seem to me to be a satisfactory solution to the serious problem our nation is currently facing.

22nd-Jul-2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Our delegation split along party lines. Man, what a lot of No votes out of MN.

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