At a press conference Wednesday Democrats kicked off the annual holiday tradition of demanding Congress save unemployment benefits or else ruin Christmas for more than a million people. As has been the case for several years in a row, if Congress does nothing, federal unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless will expire around the holidays. As in previous years, Democrats are doing battle using holiday metaphors. “For this country, the richest in the world, to say to people at Christmastime, when you look in your Christmas sock you’re going to find a lump of coal from Congress — that’s wrong,” Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said. “With just a few weeks left to act, [House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] is really setting himself up to be the Speaker Who Stole Christmas,” Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) said. “Please don’t be the Speaker Who Stole Christmas.” [HuffPost]
But America’s working gays and lesbians will be happy to know that Americans are very well acquainted with the latest episode of “The Voice.” Emily Swanson: “Half of Americans support a law banning job discrimination against gays and lesbians, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the poll found that even more Americans falsely believe it’s already illegal nationally to fire somebody for being gay. The Employment Non-discrimination Act, which would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, will come up for a vote in the Senate on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has announced. The bill currently has the support of every single Senate Democrat and two Republicans. According to the new poll, 50 percent of Americans favour a law banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, while 42 percent oppose one. Democrats in the poll supported a law like ENDA by a 61 percent to 35 percent margin, while independents were also more likely to favour than oppose one, 47 percent to 41 percent. A majority of Republicans, on the other hand, said they were opposed, by a 51 percent to 41 percent margin.” [HuffPost]
No matter that most every headline today is shouting about disappearing money: Legions of Democrats and Republicans alike are trying to cash in politically on the turbulance, buffeting supporters with messaging urging them to open their wallets.
A sampling of pitches, pleas and come-ons from a variety of political candidates, committees and party organizations during the past several hours: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/09/27/13473/politicians-filling-coffers-fiscal-battles-rage?