Dennis Kucinich: Congress Must Act to Protect Americans in Need

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 7, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement about unemployment benefits that are expected to expire for hundreds of thousands of Americans if Congress fails to act soon:

“The State of Ohio has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, at just over 10%. Minority communities bear the brunt of the economy downturn, with unemployment levels to 15%. Without an extension of unemployment benefits, it is estimated that an additional 50,000 Ohioans will lose their unemployment benefits in the coming weeks.

“I urge Congress to put aside partisan politics and address the fundamental problems facing our constituents as they struggle to stay in their homes and provide for their families. Despite the extension of benefits passed in the House at the end of last month, many Ohioans could be left without their benefits as they continue to struggle through long-term unemployment.

“I urge the Senate to act swiftly to provide an extension of benefits for American families most in need, and I urge both the House and the Senate to address the underlying needs of those facing long term unemployment,” said Kucinich.

5 thoughts on “Dennis Kucinich: Congress Must Act to Protect Americans in Need

  1. Dennis can only work within the frame he has operated in: the House. He serves as a voice of conscience, a messenger from the working class as to what we demand, and a goad to reluctant MOCs to do the people’s business. In the final analysis, however
    Direct Action Gets the Goods.

  2. How you do “hang in there,” Lo! You are certainly doing a job that needs to be done right now.

    I am stretching myself–continually trying to shape effective interventions in this muck we have gotten ourselves into (see Robert S. Becker’s article today!). (Paul Davis, electing representatives is not an act of “passing the buck” to some figure who’ll do what each of us desires done. Each of us has to do!)

    I know many of us are in overwhelm: it is definitely a time to inventory our personal habits. For example, I watched a news bite* the other day that showed people in New Orleans partying at a seafood restaurant. It struck me as appalling that we humans still see the smaller forms of life in the ocean as fuel for our own pleasure, if not over-indulgence! (*”bite” an inadvertent pun!)

    I’m not taking anything for granted right now! I am a citizen of this planet and I have to look at the oil I’ve spilled in my own gulf.

    • Thanks, Annie.

      Having God in my life first and foremost keeps me grounded. I love life! Am very grateful for what I have and choose to live simply. I balance my life of posting on death and destruction with having a garden full of fresh veggies and flowers. Knowing and loving my neighbors and forming a little community that helps one another is important.

      We must reduce our own use of oil whether it’s not buying plastic stuff or not driving a car when one can walk instead.

  3. I don’t care what Dennis Kucinich has to say about anything anymore. I supported him throughout his career and campaigns – when to his speeches, gave money to his campaign, …….

    and it came to health care and standing up to Obama and Dennis did not stand up for me.

    sorry – progressive Democrat just means a Democrat that talks more and still does nothing.

    • So, are there any other politicians that you agree with 100%? I find it very difficult to find politicians that fulfill that requirement.

      Do you vote for your congress person only if he/she agrees with you 100%?

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