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Ohio Working Families Remind Speaker John Boehner to Renew Unemployment Insurance

Photo courtesy of Michael Gillis, Ohio AFL-CIO

A group of Ohio working families staked out House Speaker John Boehner's district office yesterday, reminding him he needs to renew unemployment insurance for the more than 2.8 million workers and counting who lost this vital lifeline. In Ohio, 65,000 unemployed workers lost these benefits. 

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2.5 Million Unemployed Workers Depend on Boehner? Winners and Losers of the Week

2.5 Million Unemployed Workers Depend on Boehner? Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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AFL-CIO Salutes Champions of Working Families: Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, John Boehner

Image via Gage Skidmore, Flickr

The AFL-CIO released its legislative scorecard today to grade how well senators and representatives served working families in 2013. The electronic voting record, which tracks where lawmakers stood on important issues for working families, was full of surprises. Guess who topped our list? Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) tied as the top champions for working families in the Senate.

For information on the scorecard and to see how senators and representatives really voted, please click here.

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Obama Discusses Plan to Grow Economy by $1.4 Trillion; Cut Deficit by $1 Trillion

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In a speech from the White House today, President Barack Obama discussed his support for a plan to boost the economy by more than a trillion dollars while also cutting the deficit by $1 trillion. The legislation, which already has passed the Senate, would create a new immigration system for the United States, one that includes a road map to citizenship for aspiring Americans and ensures they have access to workplace rights. Independent economists, Obama noted, project that over the next two decades, the law would boost the economy by $1.4 trillion and drastically reduce projected deficits.

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You'll Never Guess What's in the Latest Republican Ransom Note

You'll Never Guess What's in the Latest Republican Ransom Note

letter from 51 Republican House members to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) makes Social Security cuts the latest ransom demand of the Republican hostage-takers in Congress. This may be unwelcome news to the many tea party Republicans who depend on Social Security benefits.

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106 Days? Hardly Working

Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

In all the coverage of the shutdown of the federal government forced by House Speaker John Boehner, little has been shared on how things got to this point. Too much of the coverage portrays the budget process as a food fight over one issue. Yet, examining the process that created the brinkmanship of Speaker Boehner and the irresponsible decision making that got us here, this needs to be laid out.

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How Did We Get Here? The Government Shutdown GOP Leaders Said They Didn't Want

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

As day one of the government shutdown continues, many people are left wondering what happened? If the leaders of both parties said they didn't want the government to shut down and President Barack Obama, along with congressional Democrats, were poised to negotiate in good faith and make reasonable compromises, how did we get where we are?

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Rally Tells Republicans It's Time to Unfold Road Map to Citizenship

Photo by Rachel LaBruyere

Nearly 1,000 people rallied on Capitol Hill today urging Republican lawmakers not to deny millions of aspiring citizens an opportunity to achieve the American dream. The rally of immigrants, their families, young DREAMers, union members and other immigration reform advocates reminded lawmakers a majority of the public supports commonsense immigration reform with a road map to citizenship and expects Congress to find a solution. 

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