A Georgia woman sent a letter to Senator Isakson requesting his vote on passage of one of the Bills currently sitting in the Senate that would extend the jobless benefits. Senator Isakson responded back with the following response-
United States Senate
Washing, DC 20510
October 14, 2009
Mrs. D P(name ,address and city removed)
Dear Mrs. Parker:
This will acknowledge receipt of the information you sent to my office on October 8th, 2009 regarding your efforts to find employment and anxiously awaiting the passage of a Bill for new benefits.. Please know I fully appreciate the difficult situation that so many of my constituents are encountering as a result of the current economy.
"Unfortunately, this issue falls outside the jurisdiction of a United States Senators"; however, I would like to provide the following web sites which may be of use in your job search.
Also, some churches and civic groups offer networking programs that might be helpful in your job search.
Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I wish you the very best of luck in these endeavors.
Senator Johnny Isakson
United States Senate
Do these Senators not have a clue? As of today, a Bill that would extend jobless benefits is stalled in the Senate and one of the reasons(there are many) for the stall is that Senator Isakson wants to add an amendment to the Bill H.R.3548, that would extend the $8000 first time home buyer credit. To quote him-"Unfortunately, this issue(the issue being joblessness) falls outside the jurisdiction of a United States Senators". Point taken Senator!
Today it is being reported that the Republicans have 8 amendments they want attached to this Bill. No wonder passage of this Bill has been stalled, as Republican Senators tack pork on to what should have been a slam/dunk in the way of passage.
Too bad, that the unemployed without benefits wait for a Bill, any Bill that would extend their jobless benefits and a lifeline in this NOT hiring economy. More importantly, is the obvious disconnect between our elected representatives and the voice of the people. Pretty shameless!