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Politics & Power

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Bunningís Blockade of Benefits Funding Ends Amid Growing Pressure From All Sides

Tuesday Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky ended his standoff with Democrats and many Republicans over the extension of unemployment benefits and funding for public projects for the next 30 days. Democrats claimed victory after making a minor procedural concession to the defiant senator that brought the standoff to an end.

In the end the amendment that Senator Bunning had asked for and was granted the permission to call for a vote on failed to pass due to a procedural issue. The lame duck senator from Kentucky has never been a favorite among his colleagues and after being pressured to do so has opted to step aside and not seek reelection. Some in Washington have speculated that the retiring senator is simply being contentious to be spiteful. There is no doubt that his actions have not been good for his fellow Republicans. His actions have given the Democrats an example of obstructionist actions by Republicans keeping progress from being made in Washington.

The standoff between Bunning and the rest of the Senate came as a result of a request for unanimous consent to move the already House passed legislation through the Senate for the Presidentís signature. To avoid the longer process of calling for cloture and passing the bill with a majority vote the Senate had called for unanimous consent under the assumption that the bill, which is popular with both Democrats and Republicans would easily gain unanimous support. Nobody had expected one Senator to hold the entire process hostage with a series of objections.

During the debate on Tuesday Republican senator from Maine, Susan Collins sided with the Democrats and voiced the opinion of many Republicans, saying that Bunning's views "do not represent the majority of the Republican caucus." This along with comments from other Republicans during the day to various news outlets made it clear that Bunning was not going to get any substantive support from his own Party on this issue. Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had also made clear that they would use procedure to go around Bunningís objection if necessary.

Bunning was not entirely abandoned by Republicans in his fight. Ohio Republican and House Minority Leader John Boehner acknowledged that he felt Bunning had "a legitimate argument that he's making." The support from the House leader was likely cold comfort for Bunning who in the end got virtually nothing that he wanted accomplished after his extended war of words with his fellow senators. The likely result of his actions will be a lack of traction for any of his bills or amendments for the remainder of his term. Having given the Republican Party a bit of a black eye and being a lame duck, finding support on Capitol Hill will be challenging going forward.

After the standoff ended the Senate passed the House bill with a vote of 78-19. Once the bill has been signed by the President the benefits of hundreds of thousands of Americans will be restored and halted public works projects funded by the bill will be able to resume. With the 30 day extension passed the House and Senate will take up a new bill to extend the benefits and projects funding another year in the coming days.

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We Need Your Help

Reform America is putting together a new resource for our visitors and we need your help. We need you to tell us about the local banks and businesses in your area that you have done business with. We need to know the good and the bad about the local businesses in your community.

In an effort to truly stabilize our national economy we need to stabilize our local economies. To stabilize our local economies we need to support the businesses that keep our neighbors and customers working. Part of doing that is re-distributing the money in our communities from the wealthy corporations who outsource labor while laying off American workers to the local businesses that hire our friends and neighbors.

Itís also time to expect more from the banks that we let use our money. Some corporate banker in New York doesnít care one whit about Joe Smith in Peoria because he has a million other Joe Smiths to fill his pocket if this one leaves but the banker in Peoria who only serves Peoria cares about Joe and will do more to serve Joeís needs. We need to start working together to support the businesses in our back yard that actually care about us and our needs.

To help people find the businesses in their areas that deserve our support we are developing a new web page with information provided by you the people in the communities. By not only listing the local businesses but also giving local feedback about them we can help make the decision to make a real change for the good of your community easier. If youíre like a lot of us, youíve been doing business with the corporations for a long time and itís a hard habit to break but if we all make an effort to stimulate the economy of our own communities we will see the jobs come back and things improve fare sooner than if we wait for the politicians and CEOs to help us.

The government is not going to save us this time and the fat cats on Wall Street just donít care. We will have to save ourselves if we are to turn things around. You can help us save ourselves. Please tell us about the banks and businesses in your community. We will add the information you give to that of others and build a comprehensive national resource for people wanting to fix our nation from the ground up.

By May of 2010 we hope to have enough information compiled to launch a page devoted to supporting small local businesses across the nation. Over time we will continue to expand the information to include more businesses in more communities until we have a comprehensive listing of all the good small businesses that locals recommend in every town, city, county and state in America. We know that this is an ambitious goal but we also know that you, the American people, can help make it a reality. To send us information about the small businesses in your area you can e-mail us at advocacy@reform-america.net. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and add the information you give us to the national database.

From now until the time of the new page launch in May the names of all contributors who wish to be will be included in the "Thank You America" page border for the new page. Your friends and family will be able to see your name and know you cared enough to try to make a difference for your community.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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