A while back, we talked about S.1699, which would have extended unemployment benefits to the states that didn't already have their unemployment benefits extended, but (according to an alert commenter) that bill got held up by Sens. Kyl (R-AZ) and Hatch (R-UT), under the pretext that they needed more time to study it blah blah blah. Seems like all Jon Kyl's good for is holding up good bills. But the Democratic Senate leadership brought H.R. 3548 -- which would extend unemployment benefits another 14 weeks for workers in all 50 states, and add another six weeks of benefits for workers in states with unemployment rates above 8.5% -- to a cloture vote instead, and that bill passed its cloture vote and will proceed to a full Senate vote soon. We've already delayed unemployment benefit extension too long. If we're going to let corporations make all our decisions for us, if we're going to let them fire workers willy-nilly for their own "survival," then extending unemployment benefits is the very least we can do. I said least, Senator Kyl, OK? Anyway, NETWORK, the National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, provides the contact tool.
Meanwhile, Congress's massive-but-not-quite-massive-enough credit card reform legislation will take effect in February, and as you might guess, credit card corporations have been jacking up rates and fees and minimum payments like there's no tomorrow. But H.R. 3639 would move credit card reform's kick-in date for the biggest credit-card issuers up to December 1, so that you might get some relief during the holidays. H.R. 3639 should get a House vote soon; Consumers Union provides the contact tool. Said contact tool also argues for the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which of course we ought to take every opportunity to support, since the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opponents are spending millions of dollars to defeat it, when they could be spending millions of dollars hiring people to defend the rights of small businesses. Which would, you know, create jobs.