June 29, 2013

Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 Proposed to End Unemployment Discrimination

“A new bill introduced on capitol hill would forbid employers from rejecting applicants because they are unemployed. Supported by Representatives Rosa DeLuaro of Connecticut and Henry Johnson Jr. of Georgia, the introduction of the Fair Employment Act of 2011 falls just behind the release of a new report from the National Employment Law Project. The report shows that the exclusion of unemployed workers from a companies prospective employment pool is at an all time high. In a study conducted on online job posting boards an overwhelming number of employment opportunities outright state that applicants “”must be employed.”" Companies, such as Allstate Insurance, Home Builder Recruiters of American, and even several Universities are not even trying to hid their discrimination. Some companies have even gone so far as to say that applicants must be employed on a permanent basis. Others were more lenient and required that applicants without jobs must only be recently unemployed. That does nothing for the millions of Americans that have been unemployed for more than six months.

“”It is unjust for employers to discriminate against those who are unemployed,”" said Representative DeLauro. In an economy that is more stagnant than fluid, more than six million Americans are currently unemployed and this new trend companies are following is making it even more difficult for Americans to get back to work. Supporters of the bill claim that what the companies are doing is in direct violation of a citizens rights, the right for equal opportunity of employment. The practice is also a negative for the American economy as a whole and makes it so that only those who are currently employed can even attempt to get a job, a job that they do not need. Leaving the unemployed Americans in an unending cycle of job seeking and pro-longing the economic hardships that this country is facing.

Polls show that the American public overwhelmingly approves of the proposed bill with eighty percent saying it is a very unfair practice and two to one saying that some sort of ban should be put in place to prevent companies from turning down applicants because of their current employment status.”

For more information, click here:

UnemployedWorkers.org

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Obama Talks Tough on Debt Ceiling and Deficit Deal

Obama Talks Tough on Debt Ceiling and Deficit Deal

With the date that we hit the debt ceiling looming, and progress coming along at a glacial pace, President Obama is trying once again to kick lawmakers into gear. With growing frustration at the lack of solutions, President Obama has stopped pointing the finger at just Republicans and shifted some of his attention to democrats as well, calling on members of both parties to put aside their differences and find common ground and solutions to these problems. Not only does this make the President’s desire for a budget solution clear, but this new strategy also paints himself as a moderate who can appeal to independent and middle of the road voters.

Resource link:

NYTimes.com

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The Ins And Outs, Yeas And Nays Of A Day In The US Congress

Very few people realize how busy the day of a US Congressman can be once they are elected to Congress. As a member of the United States House of Representatives they are on call at all times by their constituents, fellow congressmen, lobbyists, newspaper people and, of course, the President. Their typical day will start out at 8 am with a meeting and wind up at 8 pm with a reception or some other affair. Looking at one person’s schedule shows the hourly breakdown as follows, with the above hours.

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Total Time

Budget Meeting………………….. 45 minutes

Forum Meeting…………………… 30 minutes

Constituents Meetings (4 meetings)… 2 hours 45 minutes

Radio Telephone Interview………… 15 minutes

Radio Show Taped………………… 15 minutes

Hearing………………………… 1 hour 30 minutes

Legislation Meeting……………… 30 minutes

Receptions (3 receptions)………… 3 hours

This is one Congressman’s report. When researching others one will find different activities, such as working on political fundraising, writing Bills, sponsoring Amendments, planning Bills with other Congressmen and numerous other things. It appears that there are constant unexpected interruptions during the busy days and, sometimes nights. It seems that many of the Congressmen only spend four days in Washington. Some live there, others live in the nearby communities which they represent.

A congressman does not spend all of his time setting in the Congressional Session listening to debates regarding all the various Bills that are being presented. The Bills to be voted on are printed up ahead of time and sent to each Congressman’s office and they also receive a schedule regarding when discussion and voting is to be held. As a rule, he or she has assistants, in their office, who read the Bills and prepare a shorter version for the Congressman to read. Many of these Bills are hundreds of pages long and they simply do not have the time to personally read every word. They will read the shorter version, many times after they get home, in order to form an opinion as to how they want to vote.

On the day of the discussion, prior to a vote being taken on legislation, arguments will be heard pro and con. At that time a vote will be taken unless there is a motion made and passed to delay voting for one reason or another. Many times some new issue will be raised that was not in the original proposal and it will mean postponing the issue.

A full printout of each day’s actions is printed out and goes into the Congressional Record, with a copy to each Congressman. Again, it is reviewed by staff before being passed on in a shortened version. Because of the many people who wish to contact a Congressman’s day this is the reason that they have personnel to try to screen these contacts and set up an appointment if a staff member cannot handle the situation.

When Congress is not in session, the Congressman is either working on his own fundraising and election (if its his election year) or helping out a fellow Congressman with his campaign. Family times appear to be squeezed in wherever and whenever possible.

For more information, click here: http://thomas.loc.gov/