What do you think is the most important issue to focus on in the last round?
- Extend Unemployment Insurance so millions of Americans don't lose their last economic lifeline.
- Repeal the Bush Tax Cuts for billionaires.
- Protect Social Security
- Reinstate the ban on offshore oil drilling until National Oil Spill Commission finishes their investigation.
Extending Unemployment Insurance: 1.2 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits in less than 30 days unless Congress acts immediately to extend them. Not only is extending these benefits the moral thing to do, it is essential to protecting local retailers this holiday season. If retail sales slip, more people will lose their jobs and the disastrous cycle will continue, edging national unemployment to 10%.
Repeal the Bush Tax Cuts: Income inequality is at its greatest point in over 100 years. The wealthy continue to benefit from decades of income redistribution and it's time to put the country's interests ahead of Wall Street's interests. This issue looks to be one of the key battles during the Lame Duck session of Congress between no and January.
Protect Social Security: Americans said loudly and clearly that they will not accept cuts to the safety net – including any proposal to increase the retirement age. When they return to work, members of Congress must realize that Social Security is off limits. With your help, we could make sure that happens.
Re-instate off-shore drilling ban: After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf, the Obama administration instituted an off-shore drilling ban only to lift that ban on October 12. More than 60,000 of our members signed a petition demanding that this ban be re-instituted. Now, with the newly appointed Nation Oil Spill Commission investigating the BP spill, there is an opportunity to push Congress to re-institute the ban.