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  • Unemployment insurance matters

    Still searching for a job, Erin explains why hardworking Americans need Congress to act.

    Until last June, I never gave unemployment insurance a second thought. Now, after seven months of looking for a job, I struggle every day with Congress’ failure to act.

  • Tell Congress to do right by the American worker

    The Senate has taken the first step toward renewing unemployment insurance, but passage is far from assured.

    Unemployment insurance is a safety net set up to protect us from the crises we can't see coming. And when we fall on tough times, we rally together—we don't turn our backs on one another. That's what unemployment insurance is about.

  • What Congress did

    Both parties came together to pass a bipartisan budget deal.

    We've come a long way in the ten weeks since House leaders let an extreme minority shut down the government. That's because of you.

  • The auto industry is back

    In December, General Motors bought back its final shares of stock from the Treasury Department—ending an auto rescue that saved 1.5 million jobs.

    In 2009, President Obama said "I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it." We didn't. November was the best single month for U.S. auto sales in nearly seven years.

  • Betting on the American worker

    A failure to extend unemployment insurance would be an unnecessary blow to our economy.

    Thanks to the determination of hard-working Americans, we have come so far in our economic recovery. This is precisely the time to show faith in those who are still fighting their way back from hardship, not pull the rug out from under them.

  • This Thanksgiving, remember the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger

    Slashing nutrition assistance programs harms hard-working Americans, children, veterans, and our economy.

    When someone says "Thanksgiving," many of us think of stuffing our faces with turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce as we sit around the table with our loved ones. But for the 49 million Americans who struggle with hunger, the holiday season only accentuates the reality of their situation.

  • Chatting about the minimum wage and women

    Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women.

    Women are increasingly the breadwinners for their families, which makes understanding which factors play a role in women’s economic security even more important. Last week, OFA's campaign manager for women's issues Kaili Lambe and Julie Vogtman from the National Women's Law Center got on Facebook to chat live with supporters.

  • Congress's first job is to strengthen the economy

    It's time to reach a bipartisan budget agreement that moves this country forward.

    America has now seen 44 consecutive months of private sector job growth, resulting in 7.8 million new jobs. That's serious progress—but there is more work to do. Republicans and Democrats from both houses of Congress are conferencing to hash out a long-term budget. This is an opportunity to move past political antics, stop kicking the can down the road, and get to real governing.

  • Will you add your name?

    OFA supporters are delivering a letter to leaders in Congress.

    Our lawmakers need to hear from the people who sent them to Washington: Don't let something like this happen again.

  • Turning frustration into motivation

    This is how you send a message to Congress.

    For weeks, OFA supporters rallied across the country to end the Tea Party shutdown. Here's what that looked like in Ohio.

  • It's finally over

    To all OFA volunteers who fought to get us here: Thank you for your help.

    The President signed legislation last night that ended the shutdown and prevented default. That's in no small part thanks to what you did.

  • Victims of domestic violence lose aid due to shutdown

    At least 2,000 shelters rely on funds from federal programs that have been halted by the government shutdown.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At a time when we should be focused on solutions to domestic violence, the government shutdown is hindering support for victims.