P.L. 111-92, The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (166572 comments ↓ | 18 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 3548 would amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary availability of certain additional emergency unemployment compensation.

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(logged-in user) September 11, 2009, 9:21am (report abuse)

We need this bill to pass, for all of us who already ran out of benefits, I hope this is for us, and it goes for a vote soon.

There is another bill that needs to pass as well for those who are about to loose benefits HR 3404.

Kimberly Anderson

September 11, 2009, 9:35am (report abuse)

They need to pass this bill quickly. We ran out of benefits last month and soon we will be facing living on the streets. We are blue collar workers and we live paycheck to paycheck as many people in this country do. How can they pass a cash for clunkers bill in a matter of days, but ignore us. Pass this bill now. All you people with comments about how we should just get jobs and stop sponging off the government and tax payers, are the people who have jobs and savings. What if you were in this position with no jobs out there or 50 people applying for one job, your attitude would be different. How about just caring about people.


September 11, 2009, 11:38am (report abuse)

Yes we need this to pass now. Thankfully I still have a few weeks left on my 3rd extension, but I sure feel for those of you out there who are out.

And Kimberly, people who post about us sponging off the government must have horribly sad little lives if they need to attack us in order to feel better about themselves.

Besides, Unemployment INSURANCE, is INSURANCE, that we all pay the premiums for while we're working.


September 11, 2009, 1:23pm (report abuse)

This bill needs to be passed NOW in order to allow those out of work for an extended amount to survive until can be found!!!!!!

Sonia Roma

September 11, 2009, 2:16pm (report abuse)

Amen and a second and third amen to Kimberly Anderson, on her comment....We the unemployed, who have no jobs, are so stressed out on where the next money will come to pay for the bills, and have to go to the Food Banks (Thank you, for the contributions, very grateful.) for food just so we won't go without. It's a damn shame I've been out of work since April 2008, and I can't even get a

measly office job, I was told at the interview I was overqualified.

I've scoured the internet, gone on interviews, practically pleading "Please I need a job" and to no avail. The unemployed need help, not idiotic comments from people who have jobs, food on the table and are not so stressed out and feeling worthless. I need a job, I want a job.....I'd work two jobs. Help the unemployed...who needs to be buying stupid vehicles if later on they won't be able to make the payments...isn't this what happen when people were buying homes they couldn't afford. Where is the sanity in all of this?


September 11, 2009, 3:39pm (report abuse)

Not that it matters, because the bill will be a slam dunk in Congress, but the hackers/haters that skew the vote results are already in full effect this page..why anyone would vote against people surviving until the are are more jobs is beyond me.

If they are employed they sure have alot of spare time to aim negativity at people less fortunate. Ugly people, ugly lives, no doubt.


September 11, 2009, 4:11pm (report abuse)

Best to leave it alone and go on.


September 11, 2009, 4:11pm (report abuse)

Don't forget to write your congressperson, urging support of H.R. 3548!

California Mom Too

September 11, 2009, 4:22pm (report abuse)

This post sums it up - "quoting"

"Today, I used the few pay as you go cell minutes remaining on my only phone service to contact the Washington Office of the Representative for my zip code. Frantically, I stated my concerns having exhausted my long term benefits this past week. Essentially, as with too many others in this scenario – I too, will be another homeless mom in an ever increasingly desperate situation. I asked if their was any new info other than tracking HR 3404 that may provide a Band Aid as only Gainful Employment/JOBS can fix this crises.

The male voice at the other end of the phone (Representative Davis’s Office) stated that he didn’t know that there was an Unemployment Benefit Issue!

Help! Washington please hear our voices!"

Susanna In NC

September 11, 2009, 4:39pm (report abuse)

Thank you to Representative Jim McDermott and the 18 congressional cosponsors for introducing H.R. 3548. I'm so grateful for the hope the new bill has given me.

My benefits are exhausted, eviction and utility shutoffs are near, and the car is already gone. The foodbank line was 50+ deep at 9:00am and the taxi was $2.25 a mile.

The weekend looks bleak indeed.

Chris D

September 11, 2009, 4:39pm (report abuse)

It has been my experience over the years that anything you might thinks is a slam dunk usually isn't. Keep a close eye out on this.

Jerzee Girl

September 11, 2009, 4:52pm (report abuse)

How does this one differ from HR3404?


(logged-in user) September 11, 2009, 5:06pm (report abuse)

Please help those single moms out there looking for gainful employment. I'm praying this will pass....

Slam Dunk

September 11, 2009, 5:21pm (report abuse)

If its not a slam dunk get ready for a deeper depression, and close to 1 million more impoverished, and/or homeless Americans...for your sake and all our sakes it had better be a slam dunk


September 11, 2009, 5:36pm (report abuse)

bill HR 3548 talk about pepole runs out or about pepole stell not runs out??

iam intricate about this bill

coz i exhausted all my Extension since 7 weeks


(logged-in user) September 11, 2009, 5:52pm (report abuse)

TO: Jerzee Girl

HR 3548 is streamlined. It is a cut and dry bill with just adding 13 weeks for unemployment that have ran out or will run out before the end of the year and the State has a running 3 month average of 8.5% or more. HR 3404 addresses extentions of the recovery bill of 2009 HR 1 that passed in February dealing with unemployment and making all the extensions already passed, would be made available to newly unemployed. More issues to make more debating and reconciliation between the House and Senate. The bill HR 3548 has a chance to get passed this BEFORE the end of this month. HR 3404 could drag into November, or the first of 2010.


September 11, 2009, 6:08pm (report abuse)

Today I sit here in my home in the dark with no money, no power, no food and a job offer in another state but no way to get there without my unemployment check...I ran out of help one week to soon and have only 72 to figure out how to get the $$$ I need or face losing the job offer....I beg of those in COngress to pass this bill ASAP not for me because it is too late....but for those who are like me...Im single have no kids, ....I chose to not take food from the banks because I know there are children who need it more than I do...I have spent more than 40 hours weekly seaching for work and hope I have worked long and hard and never before had to seek any assistance...I believe that there are too many good people and families facing the same challenges as I...Stop looking at bills that dont matter right NOW...WE THE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE SHOULD MATTER MORE, WE SHOULD HAVE MATTERED ENOUGH TO PASS THIS PRIOR TO AUGUST BREAK HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS WILL GO HOMELESS WHILE WE WAIT....HELP


(logged-in user) September 11, 2009, 6:35pm (report abuse)

To: InTheDark

I'm sorry to hear of your predicament, as I do so many I hear of. There are a lot of good people, just like you. I hope that out of the blue, unexpected, something good happens in your life you weren't expecting rather than bad news. Bless you for not just thinking of yourself. It's difficult when thinks look so dismal. I wish you well as soon as possible.


All States!!!

September 11, 2009, 6:59pm (report abuse)

This bill does nothing for 25 states. There are states that will have a 20-week advantage on others when we are in need as well.

My elected officials should debate this bill & make sure we are all included.

Whats' fair is fair

California Mom Too

September 11, 2009, 7:13pm (report abuse)

TO: InTheDark

Please know that you are not alone in this mess.

Many of us have already lost our homes, credit and learned to live on barely eating; food has to go to the children first. Yes, it would have been an incredibly proactive move to have had any of these Bills authored/passed prior to the Break - the %'s were high enough to warrant passage averting this next crises.

The good news is that as long as people are alive, healthy and able to keep trying, it will get better. The road to Recovery from this extended length of joblessness might be longer than the road that took so many of us to this very dismal place in time.

Stay Strong.

answer please

September 11, 2009, 7:30pm (report abuse)

bill HR 3548 talk about pepole runs out or about pepole stell not runs out??

iam intricate about this bill

coz i exhausted all my Extension since 7 weeks


September 11, 2009, 7:41pm (report abuse)

we still see through you, and know exactly what you are trying to do

Need Jobs In California

September 11, 2009, 7:57pm (report abuse)

YES they can pass the Cash for Clunkers bills in a few days because they didn't want to make the Pres and his Bird Brain Advisor look DUMB... but they look the other way and play DUMB when it comes to pumping money back into the economy by extended our benefits so we can pay the costs of LIVING while the job market picks up.

and YES if only they would of put 10-20 billion in cash for Clunkers instead of giving the auto companies the money DIRECT it would of been a SMARTER way to bail them out while CREATING JOBS

Hmmm wonder WHY none of the news services and politicians are commenting on that.


(logged-in user) September 11, 2009, 8:08pm (report abuse)

To: answer please

This bill HR 3548 is for those that run out of all extensions before the end of the year and their State has a rolling 3 months uninsurance rate of 8.5% or higher.

too ccs714

September 11, 2009, 8:20pm (report abuse)

too ccs714 ,,

thank you soo much iwas woory about me and my family .. but after when i see ur answer u heelp me too smile

iwill pray for you


(logged-in user) September 11, 2009, 8:53pm (report abuse)

I'm glad I could do someone a little good. Bless you. You just did me.


(logged-in user) September 12, 2009, 1:54am (report abuse)

got 2 extensions ended feb22 got no eb indiana started eb march 17 missed it by 25 days still unemployed but my euc emergency unemployment is in a open state till may 2010 will this bill qualify me? anyone know sure would help me still unemployed still broke still no jobs still no happyness still pissed i got weeded out of eb but still HOPEFUL BOBO INDIANA


September 12, 2009, 11:14am (report abuse)

i cant believe there letting us wait like this . they didnt forget to bailout the big car companys and banks .its the taxpayers money . the unemployed deserve a little help.please pass asap.hang in there jerseygirl.


September 12, 2009, 12:02pm (report abuse)

Indiana triggered on 3/15 now at 20 weeks EB. State UE rate 10.6% for July 2009.

H.R. 3548 is for states 8.5% or higher with three month running average. Indiana currently qualifies for H.R. 3548.

2 bobo

September 12, 2009, 12:46pm (report abuse)


ME TWOO my eb runs out and my euc emergency unemployment is in a open state till may 2010 and ilive in INDIANA

we need wait and see


September 12, 2009, 1:21pm (report abuse)

We should ALL be posting it on other sites where unemployed people will discover it and create traffic!! Do YOUR PART!!!

Cal Mom Too

September 12, 2009, 4:58pm (report abuse)

Yes - Why isn't this issue receiving media coverage outside of these forums?

Why were the Banks/AIG & any other major entities given prioritized bail outs when clearly, they demonstrated irresponsible practices which led to the demise of so many (jobs) responsible workers?

It would seem that the majority of people who have not expereienced this situation, have NO CLUE.

loosing my hair

September 12, 2009, 7:15pm (report abuse)



POST HR 3548 on other sites !!!!

September 12, 2009, 8:47pm (report abuse)

It's the oly way to help it gain exposure!!


September 12, 2009, 9:02pm (report abuse)

NELP Management,

Why isn't HR 3548 on your main page?!

Is that not one of the tantamount issues on today's unemployment crisis?

Please help with exposure and pressure to pass this bill ASAP!!

Thank you!!!

too many pepole

September 12, 2009, 9:10pm (report abuse)

do u know my friends how many pepole runs out ??? there is too many pepole runs out


September 12, 2009, 9:25pm (report abuse)

NELP Management,

Why isn't HR 3548 on your main page?!

Is that not one of the tantamount issues on today's unemployment crisis?

Please help with exposure and pressure to pass this bill ASAP!!

Thank you!!!


September 12, 2009, 10:23pm (report abuse)

I feel for all of you. I just received my finally EB check last week. I live in Ohio and we qualify for the HR3548 because we are above the 9% unemployment rate. Maybe we all should march on Washington so Obama can see how desperate we all are. I'm not looking for hand outs but come on there are like no jobs available so what are we supposed to do starve to death are we americans or just statistics. Help us pay our rent, mortage, and put food on the table screw these cash for clunker advocates we need food and shelter much less a new car gives us a break. Come to our aid and I mean all of us unemployed americans trying to no avail to find gainful employment. Help us now before people get so desperate that there are riots and looting in the streets. FOR GOD'S SAKE PLEASE HELP US AND HELP US NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 12, 2009, 10:40pm (report abuse)

Hi ihave question there about the new bill ( H.R. 3548)

did this bill is EUC OR EB??

and another question DID BILL ( H.R. 3548)

Extension After EB ???

Thank you


September 12, 2009, 10:58pm (report abuse)

I believe HR 3548 is for people that have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits along with all of their extensions. I got 26 weeks regular unemployment. Then got tier 1 and tier 2 benefits that equalled 33 weeks total. Then I got an additional 20 weeks from my state in ohio and those just ran out for me last week. So I got

79 weeks total for regular and extended benefits. Now if HR3548 passes i'll get an additional 13 weeks because I live in one of those 20 states where the unemployment rate has a 9% or higher rolling unemployment rate for 3 months. This should take me till the end of the year but have no idea if HR3404 or the other one would be in effect or not. Just hope it passes very soon I get online everyday to see if there is any new news about HR3548.

Cal Mom Too

September 12, 2009, 11:17pm (report abuse)

re: HR3548 Darryl's description sounds accurate.

When though?


If passage is expedited, how quickly will states edd offices send out forms & process checks?


Past due on the most important thing - a ROOF Over our Heads!!! Will for sure be HOMELESS at months end if this is not passed/enacted rapidly.


September 12, 2009, 11:58pm (report abuse)

Some of the people in this unemployment debacle who are getting hit especially hard are those in their 40's and 50's. They're too young for SS so they are now dipping into their 401K's and other savings to pay bills and keep a roof over their heads because there are no jobs available unlike previous years. It's tough enough for younger people to find work in this economy, but it's almost impossible for those in the 40,50 and 60 yr old age bracket.

I live in Michigan where the uemployment rate is 15.2 percent, although many say it's more like 20 percent. What few jobs are available in this state, thousands are applying for them. Even contract agencies are laying off employees. I have run out out of all unemployment, extensions and EB, so I hope and pray that HR3548 passes ASAP!

cary simmons

September 13, 2009, 12:00am (report abuse)

this needs to be passed immediately!

Hard for everyone

September 13, 2009, 12:22am (report abuse)

I hope this bill passes for the sake of all of us. Congress loves to give taxpayer mony out without even hesitating. Yet when it comes to passing another extension they like to play the waiting game. Of course they do since congress has no idea what it's like to cry yourself to sleep having no money to pay bills or buy groceries. They don't have a heart congress has no idea what it's like to have $8.00 for the rest of the month for groceries. NO IDEA!!!!!!!!!

Hard for everyone

September 13, 2009, 12:24am (report abuse)

Correction- taxpayer money--


September 13, 2009, 12:55am (report abuse)

Got to http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3548/show REGISTER AND VOTE 'FOR' !!!



September 13, 2009, 1:11am (report abuse)

that mean bill ( H.R. 3548)

Extension After EB ???

and Extension for evrey one runs out?? coz iknow too many pepole runs out


September 13, 2009, 1:13am (report abuse)

GO TO http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3548/show REGISTER AND VOTE 'FOR' !!!



September 13, 2009, 1:16am (report abuse)

GO to http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3548/show REGISTER AND VOTE 'FOR' !!!


HR 3548

September 13, 2009, 1:17am (report abuse)

I am posting everywhere I can!!! Google and the mdia must pick up on this!!!

Steven T

September 13, 2009, 7:37am (report abuse)

I sent a email to Andrew Stettner at www.nelp.org for HELP in getting the NEW bill HR 3548 thru Congress passed, asap!. Also about HR 3404 we should be fighting for extension thru 2010 or at least 20-26 wks. All prognostications are that the unemployment situation will see NO significant improvement until into 2010, there are over 1.3 MILLION jobless Americans on EB and those that don't find employment will be screwed, the govt whether State or Federal will have to pay in food stamps, welfare, etc. No laws were broken by us, we just loss our jobs at the worse time possible in this country. Tomorrow Congress and McDermott will hear from us ALL again until HR 3548 is passed and on the President's desk.

Steven T

September 13, 2009, 8:12am (report abuse)

U.S.Rep McDermott's tel# is 202 225-3106. Lets me civil to his staff BUT stress the point that their are thousands of us that have exhausted our EB last month AND thousands exhausting this month. NO GAMES with this bill-PLEASE! Congress introduced-voted-passed, the "Cash for Clunkers" bill for an additional $6 BILLION dollars in 3 days!!!!!!.

Steven T

September 13, 2009, 8:38am (report abuse)

I got a email reply from Andrew Stettner at nelp.org regarding HR 3548, he said it positive as of 9/11th & to view website: http://www.unemployedworkers.org/sites/unemployedworkers/index.php/benefits

Ohiobuckeye 50

September 13, 2009, 12:22pm (report abuse)

"Cash for Clunkers" bill was pass for an additional $2 BILLION dollars in 3 hours..

sad mom

September 13, 2009, 12:37pm (report abuse)

that mean bill ( H.R. 3548)

Extension After EB ???

and Extension for evrey one runs out?? coz iknow too many pepole runs out

Alley Wishes

September 13, 2009, 1:11pm (report abuse)

It's important as people make calls on Monday and the days there after that we make sure to point out that even if a state is below the 8.5% level that there are areas in these states that are way above. This extension should cover all the unemployed who have used up all their benefits and are still looking for jobs. Encourage your reps and whom ever you make your calls to to verify the facts regarding all these job fairs bosting available jobs when in fact most of the companies attending these Job Fairs are doing so just to keep their stockholders believing they are doing better than they actually are. Remember what happened in this country with the last group of people where making people think one thing when the other was the facts. Let me see, the price of gas, variable interest rate mortgages, hedege funds, speak up and speak out, the people who are unemployed and running out of benefits or have run out need the extensions no matter what the state percetage rate is.

Baffled Am I

September 13, 2009, 1:17pm (report abuse)

During the Senate hearing on Tuesday (9/15) concerning S. 1647, the apparent companion bill to H.R. 3404, this is what the Heritage Foundation will argue:

"Workers need to consider relocating to places with jobs or going back to school for new skills," Karen Campbell said she'll argue at the hearing. "More extensions are not the answer."

Consider relocation expenses when your home is facing foreclosure. Consider tuition and books and travel expenses when the power and natural gas are about to be cut off next Tuesday and the groceries are dwindling down.

And by all means, consider the overwhelming compassion of Karen Campbell, as she has a well paying job. My what a lofty vantage perch!

See for yourself: http://www.detnews.com/article/20090913/POLITICS03/909130304/1409/METRO


September 13, 2009, 1:22pm (report abuse)

They should make it so anyone who was collecting EB will be able to collect on a new extension regardless what month they exhausted their EB but we all know the government doesn't work fair just have to hope for the best I guess

Cal Mom Too

September 13, 2009, 2:42pm (report abuse)

Please ask Ms. Campbell how one relocates when they can't put gas in their car (down to zero) or can not replace bald tires - oh yah - the big question regarding relocation across the state, country or STREET - if you have already lost your home, lost your credit have no assets at all, are behind on current rent, can not get utilities turned on without a large deposit - well then, without a JOB or EB, One could not move across the street anymore than they could relocate!!!!

too tomas

September 13, 2009, 3:40pm (report abuse)

thats right the goverment will find a way even if the bill HR 3548 is passed to weed people out like the long term unemployed ME!i collected my 26 weeks unemployment 2 extensions that ended feb 22 and was weeded out of EB even when my state qualified INDIANA was told march 17 would of qualified me for EB i was like what kind of BS is this WEEDED OUT!!!! so depending on your state the long term unemployed like me are gettig weeded out for the arrival of hundreds of thousands of newly unemployed im not getting my hopes up the shafted alot of people around the country out of EB after there second extension and this goverment did not care if you shrivled up and died of starvation lets see how many more unemployed people walk the plank on this bill my euc is in a open state cant wait to how there going to weed my out of this one i agree with tomas everyone should recieve this extension NO MORE BS INDIANA


(logged-in user) September 13, 2009, 3:47pm (report abuse)

Cal Mom Too...I agree with you. Its so easy for people who an income to tell you what to do. No money means no money to do anything not just no money to eat and feed your family and keep a roof over there heads. I'm in Nashville, anyone want to relocate to share an apartment, I have a room for rent but even people who are working cant afford to move.


(logged-in user) September 13, 2009, 3:53pm (report abuse)

Here is another factor that everyone has to think about as they tell us all what to do, when there is no money coming in and few to no jobs available and you decide to move to an area where there might be work, the unemployment rate might not be high enough for the extension to be granted and then you are once again behind the eight ball, only this time you might be way from your support system and really out in the cold. As for me, I have no support system, divorced female, job was outsourced to another country where my old salary not only pays for the entire staff but it also pays all the bills in the office including the rent for the entire year. I think all jobs where the company is based in the US should be made to bring back these jobs and pay living wages to the Americans who need them and if they do not bring them back ASAP they should be made to pay penalties high enough to cover all the extended benefits.


(logged-in user) September 13, 2009, 3:55pm (report abuse)

Sad to think you might have an easier time moving to another country to get a job with a US company and make a wage that will support you under that country's living wage scale.


September 13, 2009, 5:21pm (report abuse)

Yes THERE alot pepole exhausted their EB ....and they live with out money ...

and if this bill passed and they not have anythng that really not good

Joan from California

September 13, 2009, 5:45pm (report abuse)

I went to the unemployed workers website posted by Steven T (12 posts up) and it stated that Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) came out strong in favor of swift action on HR3548.

At this point, then, I think it will be very helpful to make all those calls and emails to McDermott and Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi has a lot of clout in Washington - let's focus on her & McDermott!!

Joan from California

September 13, 2009, 5:57pm (report abuse)

If you want to email Nancy Pelosi - send your urgent emails to:


Steven T

September 13, 2009, 6:03pm (report abuse)

Great point Joan-CA. Speaker Pelosi's # is 202 225-0100. Congressman McDermott is 202 225-3106. Also call your U.S.Senator & Congressman as well.

Tarheel Gal

September 13, 2009, 6:28pm (report abuse)

We're suffering here on the east coast too. July 2009 unemployment rates are NC 11%, SC 11.8%, GA 10.3%, TN 10.7%, and FL 10.7%.

9/18 - updated state percentages are released, here's the website:



September 13, 2009, 9:07pm (report abuse)

Regarding Karen Campbell, Ph.D. of Heritage Foundation.

All I can say OUT-OF-TOUCH!!!

All that intelligence and that's the best she can suggest??!!


B Smith

September 13, 2009, 9:16pm (report abuse)

Congress please get off your tails and pass this bill.

I'm praying for all of you good hard working Americans and your families who are suffering through these tough economic times. Keep the faith, better times are ahead. There are other citizens who have been fortunate enough to keep their jobs and homes that are deeply concerned about your plight. Real Americans don't turn their backs on their brothers and sisters in their time of need.


September 13, 2009, 9:21pm (report abuse)

did bill H.R. 3548 FOR those who have exhausted all other benefit extension programs???


Cal Mom too

September 13, 2009, 10:13pm (report abuse)

B Smith: Glad real Americans do Care about the Plight of other Americans!

AlleyWishes: Brought up another CORE issue.

Support Systems

This country developed, prospered and grew through the contributions and productivity of many. Point: Historic accounts of lives from the turn of the century demonstrate that as those that started out with nothing prospered, they in turn HELPED THEIR Families.

Fast Forward to today. Too many have NO SUPPORT SYSTEMS. Backs are turned, eyes are closed.

It appears that those who have Achieved and the KEY Phrase: “Maintained economic comfort” are the same people that condemn the DIRE need for passage of any of the very bills which are a much needed LIFELINE to help through this unprecedented time.

Please expedite passage of HR 3548 Immediately!

melissa in Ohio

September 14, 2009, 8:09am (report abuse)

I emailed everyone I can think of this morning. Hope it passes soon


September 14, 2009, 8:10am (report abuse)

HR 3548! New day AND the day to gear up the dialing finger and dial 202 225-3106 Congressman McDermott's office in D.C. He referred the bill that is suppose to be fast-tracked, to the House,Ways,and Means Committee 9/9/ or 9/10. We can't relax until HR 3548 is on the floor of the Congress & voted YES on. It still has to go over to the U.S.Senate and America has thousands of unemployed who have exhausted in August SO we hope those people are calling THEIR Senators and U.S.Representatives in addition to Rep.McDermott and Rangel's H.W.M committee.

Jobless in MI

September 14, 2009, 8:11am (report abuse)

When is this going to be moved forward? Our unemployment rate is double the national average here in Michigan. Jobs would be better, but anything to keep families in their homes for right now needs to be passed!

Jobless in MI

September 14, 2009, 8:17am (report abuse)

This is the link to email the committee http://waysandmeans.house.gov/contact.asp

Please flood their mailbox! Pass the link along to all you now that are unemployed.

Steven T

September 14, 2009, 8:38am (report abuse)

I emailed the ways and means committee (thanks Jobless in MI), and will be making my multiple calls shortly. DON'T STOP NOW! KEEP CALLING!!.


September 14, 2009, 9:01am (report abuse)

Lets tie up McDermott's phone lines for hours!!!!!!!!!!!! I have already emailed his office, the Ways and Means plus all my Reps and I am just waiting for 9:00.



September 14, 2009, 9:11am (report abuse)

Already called Mcdermott's office and the rep told me he had not received many phone calls yet....get busy people!

Call the Ways and Means office too!(202) 225-3625

WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!


September 14, 2009, 10:01am (report abuse)

There is a President comment contact phone number! I called and they wrote down everything I said and assured that they give these comments to the President several times through out the day!

Here is the number:202-456-1111

I found it on the following website that you can fill an online comment out too!


Not sure if it will help but it is worth a shot!


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