How to Help 99ers and Get H.R.589 Passed

Posted on February 15, 2011 by


Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner, right, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, center, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, left

H.R.589, the legislation that Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) introduced that provides additional weeks of unemployment insurance benefits for 99ers, needs to gain additional support  to convince Republican leaders in the House – House Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy –  to bring it to the House floor and allow  it to be voted on.

Unless Republicans join the effort and agree to support AND co-sponsor H.R.589 it stands little chance of passing.

As of 2/17/11, H.R.589 has 67 co-sponsers (see list here) but not one of them Republican.

To help get this bill to the House floor American 99ers Union recommends that if your Congressperson’s name is NOT on the list of co-sponsors, contact them and urge them to co-sponsor and support this bill.

If your representative is already a co-sponsor of H.R.589, contact Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and urge them to bring H.R.589 to the House floor.

How to help:

  1. Contact those House members who have NOT co-sponsored the bill yet
  2. Contact House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and urge them to bring H.R.589 to the floor
  3. Write to your local newspapers (Letters to the Editor and Op-Ed pieces).  House Members staff read the local papers in their districts to find out what is important to their constituents

Contact information:


  • House and Senate representatives phone numbers can be found at the CongressMerge database
  • House Speaker, John Boehner – phone number: (202) 225-6205, fax number: (202) 225-0704
  • House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor – phone number: (202) 225-2815, fax number: (202) 225-0011
  • House Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy- phone number:  (202) 225-2915, fax number: (202) 225-2908
  • Local news media contact information can be found at



key twitter accounts:
@SpeakerBoehner (House Speaker John Boehner)
@GOPLeader (House Majority Whip Eric Cantor)
@GOPWhip (House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy)

And suggestions on how to effectively communicate with your legislators can be found on