Rush Limbaugh wants President Obama's plan to create jobs to fail. House Republicans are evidently loyal Rush "Dittoheads" based on their unanimous vote against the plan. But what will the Senate Republicans do now?
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01.30.09 | permalink
Amid a worsening economic crisis that resulted in 2.6 million American jobs being lost last year, and with layoffs accelerating in the early part of 2009, Americans United for Change, MoveOn.org Political Action, AFSCME and SEIU announced a robust television advertising campaign today as part of the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery.
Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (Maine)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa)
Senator Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)
01.28.09 | permalink
Americans United for Change has released the following 13 web videos encouraging members of the Senate to support President Obama's economic recovery plan.
Sen. John Ensign (NV)
Sen. Mel Martinez (FL)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Sen. Arlen Specter (PA)
Sen. John McCain (AZ)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME)
Sen. Kit Bond (MO)
Sen. Judd Gregg (NH)
Sen. Susan Collins (NE)
Sen. Dick Lugar (IN)
Sen. Charles Grassley (IA)
Sen. John Thune (SD)
Sen. George Voinovich (OH)
01.21.09 | permalink
Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 15, 2009
New AUFC TV Ad Urges Senator Voinovich to Support the Obama Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan as the President-Elect Stumps for Plan in Ohio
Ad to Run in Ohio as Obama Visits Cleveland Area Manufacturing Plant to Promote Plan
Click Here to Watch AUFC’s New TV ad: ‘Day and Night - Ohio’: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/recoveryohio
Washington D.C. – Americans United for Change, a progressive non-profit issue-advocacy group that is helping lead a coalition of more than 30 progressive and labor organizations working to pass President Elect Barack Obama’s ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan,’ unveiled a new television ad urging U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) to support the Obama jobs plan. The spot titled ‘Day and Night – Ohio” features highlights from a recent speech by President Elect Obama and will air on all four Cleveland, OH area broadcast stations on Friday, January 16th during the President Elect’s planned visit to the area to promote his plans for jobs and economic recovery. Obama and Congressional leaders have proposed an economic recovery plan that will create or save three to four million jobs, strengthen our middle class, and improve the economy in the near and long term by making sound investments in state fiscal relief, health care, energy efficiency, transportation and schools. The ad calls on Republican U.S. Senator George Voinovich of Ohio to support the plan and includes an image of DHL – the shipping company whose decision to close up shop has devastates Wilmington, Ohio.. *See Script of ‘Day and Night - Ohio’ Below.
Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change: “There’s no stronger messenger to articulate the need for a major jobs and economic recovery package than President Elect Obama and no more compelling place for him to do it than the state of Ohio. The plan being offered by President Elect Obama will put millions of middle-class Americans back to work quickly through solid and sound long-term investments in health care, energy efficiency, transportation and education. The eyes of Ohio and the nation are on members of Congress like Senator Voinovich to move forward with Obama’s jobs plan as soon as possible to address the worsening economic recession that left 2.6 million Americans without jobs last year. Senator Voinovich possesses both a key vote and an influential voice and his support for the Obama plan, if he were willing to offer it, would go along away towards ensuring passage of this vitally important plan to turn our economy around."
Launched on December 18th with nearly 50 events from coast to coast, the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery is a coalition of more than 30 leading progressive groups and unions utilizing all the resources and techniques of a modern campaign to pass the Obama jobs plan. From grassroots and grass tops contacts, to phones, emails, web videos and paid advertising – this $4-5 million campaign aims to pressure key and potentially deciding votes in Congress, like Senator Voinovich, and to build a movement for an overwhelming victory for this package so that the American people have confidence in the plan and its ability to help turn our economy around.
Ad Title: ‘Day and Night - Ohio’ -- Format: TV: 60 -- Date: 1/15/09
CG: The economic crisis in our lifetime
7.3% Unemployment in Ohio
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
President-Elect Barack Obama: We start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime. Nearly two million jobs have now been lost.
Video: DHL Hub, Wilmington, OH
8,000 people in Wilmington, OH are expected to lose their job because DHL closed its freight hub in the city. Source: Columbus Business First, 1/9/09
Every day we wait, more Americans will lose their jobs.
CG: 135,000 Ohio Homes in Foreclosure
More families will lose their savings. And our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.
CG: The Obama Plan
The Americans Recovery and Reinvestment Plan
3 Million New Jobs
That is why I have moved quickly on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan – a plan I am confident will save or create at least three million jobs.
CG: Invest in Energy & Education
We’ll invest in priorities like energy and education;
CG: Invest in Health Care
Invest in 21st Century Infrastructure
Health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century.
CG: I’m asking Congress to work with me day and night to get the plan passed…
That’s why I’m asking Congress to work with me…day and night…to get the plan passed.
CQ: I’m calling on all Americans to put common purpose above partisanship --
That’s why I’m calling on all Americans to put a sense of common purpose above the same narrow partisanship…
CQ: And ask not “what’s good for me?” but…
…and insist that the first question each of us asks isn’t “What’s good for me?”…
CQ: What’s good for the country my children will inherit?
…but “What’s good for the country my children will inherit?”
CG: Call (202) 224-3121 and tell Senator Voinovich to pass the Obama Plan
PAID FOR BY AMERICANS UNITED FOR CHANGE
01.15.09 | permalink
Urgent Need For Obama Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan Clear as Unemployment Soars to 7.2 Percent and
Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now: “All Eyes Are On Congress to Swiftly Move Forward Obama Recovery Plan to Create Millions of Jobs, Stabilize the Economy and Lift Up America’s Middle Class Families”
Washington, DC - The need for major and immediate action to address the worst economic crisis in decades was underscored today with the latest U.S. Labor Department unemployment report showing 524,000 more Americans lost their jobs in December -- bringing the year end total to a staggering 2.6 million. The national unemployment rate also climbed to a 16 year high of 7.2 percent. The Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, a coalition of more than 20 leading labor and progressive groups, said the sobering jobless report is only the tip of the iceberg for an economy deeply steeped in recession if Congress does not swiftly pass a major jobs and economic recovery package, as outlined by President-Elect Barack Obama. Obama's plan will create or save at least three million jobs, strengthen our middle class, and improve the economy in the near and long term by making sound investments in health care, energy efficiency, transportation and schools.
Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change: "With the U.S. economy sliding further and further into recession, waiting out this economic storm is simply not an option. A stunning 2.6 million jobs disappeared last year, and if nothing is done and done soon, millions more American jobs are at stake. With the economic news continuing to get worse, there is no time to spare to turn our economy around. Efforts by some to slow down the passing of President Elect Obama's major jobs and economic recovery package could not be more misguided and inappropriate considering the dire situation the economy continues to face - a point underscored with the news today that unemployment is now at an alarming 7.2 percent. It is time to put the nation ahead of politics and ideology and support President-Elect Obama's economic recovery plan that will create or save 3 million jobs through solid and sound long-term investments in health care, energy efficiency, transportation and education."
Launched on December 18th with nearly 50 events from coast to coast, the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery is a coalition of more than 20 leading progressive groups and unions utilizing all the resources and techniques of a modern campaign to pass the Obama plan. From grassroots and grass tops contacts, to phones, emails, web videos and paid advertising - this $4-5 million campaign aims to pressure key and potentially deciding votes in Congress and to build a movement for an overwhelming victory for this package so that the American people have confidence in the plan and its ability to help turn our economy around.
More than 20 leading progressive organizations and unions with millions of members have signed onto run a major campaign to pass a significant jobs and economic recovery package to create millions of jobs and help the economy grow in the near and long term. To date, the following organizations have signed on the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now: AFSCME, SEIU, AFLCIO, NEA, Americans United for Change, USAction, Campaign for America's Future, ACORN, Health Care for America Now, Sierra Club, People for the American Way Foundation, National Women's Law Center, TrueMajority.org, Young Democrats of America, 21st Century Democrats, Community Action Partnership, Institute for Policy Studies - Cities for Progress, Progressive Future , National Priorities Project , Cities for Progress, Progressive Future,Working Group on Extreme Inequality, YWCA USA , Economic Policy Institute, Women's Voices. Women's Vote Action Fund and the League of Conservation Voters.
01.09.09 | permalink
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 8, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - USAction and its state affiliates are mobilizing over the next four days to "meet and greet" members of Congress as they head to their home districts this weekend.
State affiliates are setting up meetings with members of Congress and their staffs; holding press conferences; engaging in letter- and op-ed-writing campaigns; and telling the stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down due to the worst economic crisis in 70 years.
Virtually every USAction affiliate is taking steps to publicize the need for jobs and economic recovery legislation. USAction has affiliates and partners in 25 states: Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
"We need jobs now so that America can work again," said USAction Program Director Alan Charney. "We need a plan that is big, bold and broad. We must address basic infrastructure issues as well as clean energy and health care if we are serious about repairing our economy and putting people back to work."
"Every target - moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans - in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in every USAction State will be hearing from us," Charney added. "We need Congress and the incoming administration of President-Elect Obama to invest now so that we can guarantee security, opportunity and prosperity for our communities and our families."
01.08.09 | permalink
More than 20 leading progressive organizations and unions announced today rallies across the country to support President-elect Barack Obama's plan to stoke the economy and forestall a deeper recession.
"These grassroots rallies for jobs and economic recovery taking place all across the county this week aim to amplify President-Elect Obama's efforts in Washington today and to keep the pressure on key and potentially deciding votes for his recovery package in Congress. We hope every member of Congress resolved this New Year to put the nation ahead of politics and ideology and will support President-Elect Obama's economic recovery plan that will create or save 3 million jobs through solid and sound long-term investments in health care, energy efficiency, transportation and education," Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, said in a statement.
The rallies will be from Florida to Washington state, and mostly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The coalition, which is spending $4 million to $5 million on a campaign backing Obama, includes major labor groups such as AFSCME, SEIU, and the AFL-CIO; environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters; and assorted other liberal-left organizations.
01.08.09 | permalink
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA’S SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY
“The President-elect wisely invited mayors from our nation’s largest cities to attend this important address and I was proud to attend and represent New York City. He gave a great speech and understands our cities have to be a central focus of any recovery plan. This was the opening salvo of a long, difficult battle to reform the way this country spends money and to get the economy moving again. He understands he is going to have to lead the charge and it is not going to get done without both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and both sides of the aisle working together.
“The President-elect said we have no choice but to invest in infrastructure, something Governors Schwarzenegger, Rendell and I have been championing for some time. This country has a long history of success in that area – Lincoln focused on the railroads, Jefferson worked on the canals, Roosevelt invested in municipal buildings and airports, and Eisenhower created a national highway system. Those investments gave us the structure we needed to go forward for decades. And I have made the case to his incoming administration that a lot of the resources have to go directly to the cities, which is where these projects will get managed and built.
“However we invest our resources in a stimulus plan, we have to ensure we are making smart investments and that we get real, lasting, tangible returns. A study released today by Build America’s Future, our infrastructure coalition, shows it’s crystal clear the public wants strong accountability in any package, and that is a good place to start any plan.”
01.08.09 | permalink
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