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Republicans Tell Americans In Hard Times To Go To Hell

Only someone determined not to see what’s happening around them could deny that America is going through profound economic suffering. Gasoline prices are up, and that means that there’s inflation for practically everything else we buy too. At the same time, work is increasingly hard to come by. New jobs aren’t being created much any more, and old jobs are being destroyed. As a result, unemployment is way up, and that’s completing the circle of economic misery, leading to a record-breaking number of home foreclosures.

There are still some Republican members of Congress who don’t believe that the economy in trouble. Representative John Shadegg, for example, recently told Ken Marrero of the Conservative Leadership Conference that the American economy has never been better.

Yesterday, 143 Republican members of the House of Representatives joined Congressman Shadegg in his delusion, voting against a 13 week extension of unemployment benefits.

Unemployment benefits not welfare. They don’t create dependence. They’re a temporary helping hand in hard times, and they’re for Americans who are actually looking for work.

In these days when a tank of gas in the car to go look for a job can cost as much as a full day’s wages, a bit of help for Americans looking for work makes plain sense. Failure to provide unemployment benefits can actually make it harder for Americans to find work, depriving them of the ability even get to a job interview. Blocking unemployment benefits also removes a great deal of money from the American economy, and so leads to greater reductions in the number of jobs available.

Yet, blocking unemployment assistance is just what the following Republicans from the House of Representatives have done. These Republicans voted against H.R. 5749, the legislation to create a 13-week unemployment assistance. The message from these Republicans in Congress couldn’t be more clear: As far as they’re concerned, Americans suffering in these economic hard times can go to Hell.

If you see the name of your Representative in Congress on this list, give a phone call to the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121, ask to be connected to your Representative’s office, and tell the people who answer the telephone there just what you think of the idea of voting against help for Americans looking for work.

Robert Aderholt
Todd Akin
Rodney Alexander
Michelle Bachmann
Spencer Bachus
Gresham Barrett
Roscoe Bartlett
Joe Barton
Judy Biggert
Brian Bilbray
Gus Bilirakis
Rob Bishop
Marsha Blackburn
Roy Blunt
John Boehner
Jo Bonner
Mary Bono
John Boozman
Charles Boustany
Kevin Brady
Paul Broun
Henry Brown
Ginny Brown-Waite
Michael Burgess
Dan Burton
Steve Buyer
Ken Calvert
David Camp
John Campbell
Chris Cannon
Eric Cantor
John Carter
Howard Coble
Tom Cole
Michael Conaway
Ander Crenshaw
John Culberson

David Davis
Geoff Davis
Tom Davis
John Doolittle
Thelma Drake
John Duncan
Terry Everett
Mary Fallin
Tom Feeney

Michael Ferguson
Randy Forbes
Jeff Fortenberry
Vito Fossella
Virginia Foxx
Trent Franks

Rodney Frelinghuysen
Elton Gallegly
Scott Garrett
Phil Gingrey
Bob Goodlatte
Kay Granger
Ralph Hall
Doc Hastings
Jeb Hensarling

Wally Herger
David Hobson
Bob Inglis
Darrell Issa

Sam Johnson
Jim Jordan
Ric Keller
Steve King
Peter King
Jack Kingston
Mark Kirk
John Kline
Doug Lamborn
Tom Latham
Bob Latta
Ron Lewis
Jerry Lewis
John Linder

Frank Lucas
Dan Lungren
Donald Manzullo
Kenny Marchant
Kevin McCarthy
Michael McCaul
Howard McKeon
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
John Mica
Jeff Miller
Gary Miller
Jerry Moran
Marilyn Musgrave
Sue Myrick
Randy Neugebauer
Devin Nunes
Stevan Pearce
Mike Pence
Charles Pickering
Joseph Pitts
Ted Poe
Tom Price
Deborah Pryce
Adam Putnam
George Radanovich
Ralph Regula
Dennis Rehberg
David Reichert
Rick Renzi
Tom Reynolds
Harold Rogers
Dana Rohrabacher
Peter Roskam
Edward Royce
Bill Sali
Jim Saxton
Steve Scalise
James Sensenbrenner
Peter Sessions
John Shadegg
John Shimkus
Bill Shuster
Michael Simpson
Adrian Smith
Lamar Smith
Cliff Stearns
John Sullivan
Lee Terry
Mac Thornberry
Todd Tiahrt
Greg Walden
Zach Wamp
David Weldon
Jerry Weller
Lynn Westmoreland
Ed Whitfield
Heather Wilson
Joe Wilson
Rob Wittman
Frank Wolf
C.W. Bill Young

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  1. Hey thanx for posting this. I see my rep was one that voted against it. Just wait for my webpage in August. He’ll wih he never bought that hooker in 1993.

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