December 03, 2010: Lame Duck Bonanza: Four Action Alerts in One
02:50 PM Dec 03, 2010
This is a very busy week for Members of Congress as they continue to push legislation in the Lame Duck Session. Of the issues that they will be considering are three that are JCPA priorties:
Unemployment Insurance Extension:
Unemployment insurance expired on November 30th. Without immediate Congressional action more than 2 million Americans will lose the benefits that help keep food on their tables and a roof over their heads. JCPA is deeply concerned about ensuring that people who are out of work in this recession don’t fall into poverty, and is advocating to extend unemployment benefits for those struggling during this difficult time.
Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell:
More than 13,000 Americans have lost their right to serve our country because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, and the American public all favor repeal. Now Congress will consider whether it wants to finally end this discriminatory policy. JCPA passed a resolution at the beginning of this year calling for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Please join us in urging your Members of Congress to end this policy.
The DREAM Act provides a path to citizenship for those who have committed to bettering themselves through either serving in the military or attaining a college education. A vote is expected as early as Thursday, and it crucial that you contact your Senators if the bill is to pass. JCPA has a long history of supporting the DREAM Act and efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform.