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A minority of senators stood in the way of giving America a raise
Sign OFA's petition, and help push back.
Congress had a chance to raise the federal minimum wage, but a minority of senators are standing in the way.
What minimum wage means to me
Gina was once a successful school teacher, but now she struggles to make ends meet with a low-wage job.
I am 56 years old, and I make $8.75 per hour. That's an improvement on my previous job, where I made just $7.60, but it's still barely enough to survive. Once I was an elementary school teacher, living comfortably with benefits. Now I can barely afford to eat or pay my bills.
Forty-four senators vote against paycheck fairness
Last week the Senate failed to pass a bill that would help close the pay gap between women and men.
Apparently some members of Congress don't think addressing this issue is necessary. In fact, there are some people who don't believe a gender pay gap exists. But as President Obama said last week, "It’s not a myth, it’s math."
Representative Paul Ryan's budget is an attack on the middle class
The average middle-income family with children would face a $2,000 tax hike.
A budget is more than just an economic blueprint. It's an outline of priorities and values—and Congressman Paul Ryan's budget makes his perfectly clear.
Speaker Boehner: Bring unemployment insurance to a vote
There's something happening on John Boehner's Facebook page right now.
Earlier this week the Senate passed a measure that would restore unemployment insurance to more than 2 million job seekers. Now, it's up to Speaker John Boehner to bring the measure to a vote in the house. More than 2,000 supporters have taken to Facebook to raise their voices, so Boehner knows what renewing unemployment benefits means to them and their communities.
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day
Women must work this far into the new year to match what men earned last year.
Women who work full-time earn, on average, just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Unless things change, that reality leaves women and their families a step behind in the pursuit of the American dream.
One step closer to relief for job-seekers
The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill to restore a critical lifeline to millions of Americans.
December 28, 2013: That's the date that millions of job-seeking Americans had the rug pulled out from under them when Congress failed to renew extended unemployment insurance. But a bipartisan bill that just passed in the Senate could rectify that.
Constituents tell senators to stop standing in the way of unemployment insurance
Check out some of the hundreds of recent comments posted on the Facebook pages of Senator Dan Coats and Senator Rob Portman.
Both senators voted against extending unemployment insurance benefits for nearly 2 million Americans. That's not going over well with the people they represent.
In the news: OFA supporters demand action to raise the minimum wage
Take a look at some of the press coverage from the latest day of action.
Last week, OFA supporters in communities across the nation took action to deliver a message to Congress: It’s time to reward hardworking Americans with a decent wage.
OFA-Illinois to Sen. Kirk: Don't leave Americans out in the cold
Senator Mark Kirk broke his promise to restore unemployment insurance benefits.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) went back on his word when he voted against reinstating unemployment insurance benefits for long-term unemployed Americans. Now, OFA is letting him know that he made the wrong choice for Americans—and for Illinoisans.
I need Congress to act on unemployment insurance—and I’m not the only one
For Congress, this was just politics. But for me? I feel the impact every day.
It was bad enough when I lost my job. But when Congress failed to extend unemployment insurance this past December, I had no way to pay my bills.
No drama this time: Congress agreed to pay the bills
President Obama and the American people have sent a clear message: You don't get a ransom for doing your job.
The games some members of Congress played in October—shutting down our government and threatening default over a list of partisan demands—are not being repeated this time. Americans spoke their mind, and Speaker Boehner got the message.
I am one of the 1.6 million who lost unemployment insurance
I am the sole provider for our family.
I lost my unemployment benefits in January, and now my family has no income. We're trying to get back on our feet, but things just got a lot harder.
Volunteers to Congress: Don’t leave our fellow Americans #OutInTheCold
It’s time for Congress to restore unemployment insurance to the people who need it most.