How you can help:

On Monday and Tuesday April 4th and 5th, please contact House Speaker Boehner and Rep. Cantor and urge them to pass H.R. 589 A.S.A.P.!


Speaker John Boehner:
http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/ (web mail)
Phone: 202-225-0600
Fax: 202-225-5117
@SpeakerBoehner (Twitter)

Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
http://cantor.house.gov/contact/ (web mail)
Phone : 202-225-2815
Fax: 202-225-0011
@GOPLeader (Twitter)

When calling please mention that you are a member of the American 99ers Union!   Rep. Lee wants the A99U to be recognized as a large group with many members.


Urge House Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to bring H.R.589 to the floor and allow  it to be be voted on.

As of 3/28/11, H.R.589 has 75 sponsors (see list here), not one of them Republican.

ALSO: Please continue to contact your own Congressperson by fax, phone or email and ask him or her to support Representative Barbara Lee’s H.R. 589 which would add a 14 week extension of unemployment insurance compensation to Tier 1 for all unemployed.

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.   Always be courteous and respectful!

Your Congressperson’s contact information can be found at either of the following links:

Until some Republicans join the effort and agree to co-sponsor this bill, it stands little chance of passing.   It needs to gain additional support  to convince Republican leaders in the House to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.


Urge them to support AND co-sponsor H.R.589, the legislation that Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Bobby Scott (Va.) introduced that provides additional weeks of unemployment insurance benefits for 99ers.

Contact information:


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



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

Example Tweets:
@GOPLeader The #99ers will spend every dime of #UI you give them helping the #economy! Take credit for that! Push for #HR589

@johnboehner We #99ers must insist that @SpeakerBoehner (202-225-0600) bring new legislation proposed by Scott & Lee to the floor #HR6556

@SpeakerBoehner – 2 yrs til the economy recovers is too long for the #99ers. Pls support #HR589 NOW! We need a lifeline!

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