Let Congress Know Where You Stand

As the Senate prepares for today’s vote on the American Jobs Act, let your members of Congress know where you stand using Tweet for Jobs, our online tool that helps you find your Republican legislator on Twitter.

The provisions in the American Jobs Act—from modernizing schools and keeping teachers in the classroom to repairing our roads and bridges—have received bipartisan support. The bill will provide a much-needed boost to our economy and help get Americans back to work—and there’s no reason for Congress not to pass it.

Join President Obama today by raising your voice in support of the American Jobs Act.

October 11: News Roundup

The American Jobs Act has gained considerable public support after just three weeks of advocacy by President Obama. A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows 52 percent of Americans support the American Jobs Act —10 percent more than in early September—with 36 percent opposed, a clear indication that the public supports the plan that would put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work.

Even a majority of Republicans back higher taxes on wealthier Americans to reduce the deficit, Bloomberg reports.

New polling shows President Obama’s favorable numbers trending upward, Daily Kos reports.

The latest Gallup poll of the GOP presidential race shows Herman Cain surpassing Rick Perry and approaching front-runner Mitt Romney. The poll conducted October 3–7 has Romney receiving 20 percent of Republican support with Cain close behind at 18 percent.

Herman Cain has released his so-called “999” economic plan that would slash taxes on the wealthy and instead increase taxes on low-income Americans, eliminating exemptions for food, medicine, and clothing for poor citizens.

The Koch brothers revealed they will spend more than $200 million to bankroll right-wing causes ahead of the 2012 election. This puts the conservative billionaire brothers in the company of Republican operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, who plan to raise $240 million.

Senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrourged Congress to “put country ahead of party” and support the American Jobs Act. Axelrod sees public opinion swinging in Democrats’ direction in light of recent polls that indicate growing support for the jobs bill.

The State of California has passed a version of the DREAM Act, the first state do pass the legislation. The California Dream Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, on Saturday, will allow undocumented immigrants to receive financial aid from the state for university study.

A group of journalists and journalism schools have issued an open letter demanding transparency related to conflict of interest for Op-Ed writers at the New York Times and other media outlets.

Senator Udall Announces $1.1 Million to Combat Drunk Driving in New Mexico

Senator Tom Udall has announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $1.1 million to support programs that aim to reduce drunk driving.

The $1,100,126 grant is part of an incentive program by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, encouraging states to enact and enforce laws and implement programs to combat drunk driving.

“It was not too long ago that New Mexico ranked first in the nation in alcohol related fatalities.  Since then, we’ve tackled the problem head-on, implementing sound policies that combat drunk driving and becoming a model for the country.” Udall, member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation said.  “This funding will help New Mexico sustain this progress and keep drunk drivers off our roads.”

As New Mexico’s Attorney General, Udall made fighting DWI a priority and worked with the legislature to enact tougher laws against offenders.  In both the U.S. House and Senate, Udall has championed efforts to increase enforcement, improve public awareness and build on proven methods to combat DWI, like ignition interlocks and the implementation of emerging technologies.

In February of this year, Udall joined Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to introduce a bill that would mandate that states require an ignition interlock for a minimum of six months for all drunk driving offenders.

In March, Udall introduced The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE Act, which would authorize $12 million out of existing annual funding for five years for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program.  The funds would be used to explore the feasibility, potential benefits and public policy challenges associated with using in-vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving.

Senator Udall Applauds Obama Administration Initiative on Small Business

U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauds the Obama administration’s approval of New Mexico’s Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application, which is expected to generate $138 million in new small business lending in the state.

“This year I’ve held small business and economic development roundtables across New Mexico, and small business owners consistently cite the lack of small business lending as a barrier to creating new jobs,” Udall said.  “This initiative opens up a new pool of funds that partners government with private sector lending to spur job creation in our state.”

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that New Mexico can now access $13.8 million in SSBCI funds.  The state expects to generate at least $10 in new private lending for every $1 in SSBCI funding, providing a total of $138 million available for New Mexico small businesses.  The funds will be administered through a collaboration between the New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Finance Authority.

SSBCI is open to states that establish a new, or have an existing, capital access or state credit support program that meets the eligibility requirements in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. By leveraging federal funds, the $1.5 billion commitment for this program nationwide is expected to result in at least $15 billion in additional private lending.

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