S. 1549 - Supporting Unemployed Workers Act of 2011

Labor and employment. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs. (by CRS) 
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The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Supporting Unemployed Workers Act of 2011

S. 1549 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
A bill to provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs.
Other Titles
  • American Jobs Act of 2011
  • Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development Act
  • Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011
  • Pathways Back to Work Act of 2011
  • Supporting Unemployed Workers Act of 2011
Sponsor
Harry Reid
Co-Sponsors
    Subjects
    • Labor and employment
    • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
    • Advisory bodies
    • Appropriations
    • Aviation and airports
    • Budget deficits and national debt
    • Building construction
    • Business investment and capital
    • Buy American requirements
    • Congressional committees
    • Congressional oversight
    • Economic development
    • Economic performance and conditions
    • Education programs funding
    • Educational facilities and institutions
    • Electric power generation and transmission
    • Elementary and secondary education
    • Emergency communications systems
    • Employee hiring
    • Employment and training programs
    • Employment discrimination and employee rights
    • Employment taxes
    • Energy efficiency and conservation
    • Energy storage, supplies, demand
    • Executive agency funding and structure
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    • Financial services and investments
    • First responders and emergency personnel
    • Government corporations and government-sponsored enterprises
    • Government lending and loan guarantees
    • Government trust funds
    • Higher education
    • Housing and community development funding
    • Housing finance and home ownership
    • Income tax credits
    • Income tax deductions
    • Income tax exclusion
    • Income tax rates
    • Indian lands and resources rights
    • Indian social and development programs
    • Infrastructure development
    • Internet and video services
    • Law enforcement administration and funding
    • Law enforcement officers
    • Licensing and registrations
    • Low- and moderate-income housing
    • Manufacturing
    • Marine and inland water transportation
    • Metals
    • Minority education
    • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
    • Navigation, waterways, harbors
    • Oil and gas
    • Preschool education
    • Public contracts and procurement
    • Public transit
    • Railroads
    • Research administration and funding
    • Research and development
    • Residential rehabilitation and home repair
    • Roads and highways
    • Rural conditions and development
    • Securities
    • Self-employed
    • Small business
    • Social security and elderly assistance
    • Solid waste and recycling
    • Tax administration and collection, taxpayers
    • Taxation of foreign income
    • Teaching, teachers, curricula
    • Telephone and wireless communication
    • Temporary and part-time employment
    • Transportation programs funding
    • U.S. territories and protectorates
    • Unemployment
    • Urban and suburban affairs and development
    • User charges and fees
    • Veterans' education, employment, rehabilitation
    • Wages and earnings
    • Water quality
    • Water resources funding
    • Water use and supply
    • Youth employment and child labor
    Related Bills
    Major Actions
    Introduced9/13/2011
    Bill History

    There have been no votes on this bill.

    ActionDateDescription
    Introduced9/13/2011
    9/13/2011Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
    Put on a legislative calendar9/14/2011Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 165.
    NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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    Contributions

    1. January - February 2007 For $324,175 Against $35,300
    2. March - April 2007 For $1,020,580 Against $57,450
    3. May - June 2007 For $824,777 Against $130,301
    4. July - August 2007 For $333,986 Against $69,250
    5. September - October 2007 For $842,986 Against $92,950
    6. November - December 2007 For $1,145,797 Against $79,740
    7. January - February 2008 For $561,560 Against $66,550
    8. March - April 2008 For $996,067 Against $106,685
    9. May - June 2008 For $1,715,057 Against $179,621
    10. July - August 2008 For $983,035 Against $147,772
    11. September - October 2008 For $2,798,814 Against $390,822
    12. November - December 2008 For $337,330 Against $313,543
    13. January - February 2009 For $240,498 Against $37,198
    14. March - April 2009 For $501,019 Against $67,515
    15. May - June 2009 For $444,308 Against $166,193
    16. July - August 2009 For $189,372 Against $34,035
    17. September - October 2009 For $376,589 Against $52,660
    18. November - December 2009 For $327,250 Against $53,151
    19. January - February 2010 For $261,110 Against $227,350
    20. March - April 2010 For $481,937 Against $97,151
    21. May - June 2010 For $682,950 Against $95,116
    22. July - August 2010 For $613,489 Against $54,575
    23. September - October 2010 For $1,307,740 Against $186,641
    24. November - December 2010 For $182,462 Against $15,075
    25. January - February 2011 For $568,118 Against $15,300
    26. March - April 2011 For $963,766 Against $59,775
    27. May - June 2011 For $947,437 Against $30,995
    28. July - August 2011 For $523,693 Against $24,225
    29. September - October 2011 For $723,584 Against $55,320
    30. November - December 2011 For $948,217 Against $73,050
    31. January - February 2012 For $476,367 Against $48,463
    32. March - April 2012 For $819,007 Against $46,566
    33. May - June 2012 For $1,035,094 Against $74,747
    34. July - August 2012 For $958,461 Against $97,959
    35. September - October 2012 For $1,645,210 Against $209,411
    36. November - December 2012 For $386,000 Against $22,650

    Votes

      39 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

      Organizations that took a position on
      Supporting Unemployed Workers Act of 2011

      39 organizations supported this bill

      Alliance for American Manufacturing
      AAM (2011, September 8). Reaction to President Obama's Jobs Speech by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AAM.
      Amalgamated Transit Union
      Roscow, David (2011, August 24). Transit Union Praises Obama Jobs Plan. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from ATU.
      American Federation of Government Employees
      Hall, Mike (2011, September 9). Unions, Allies Back American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFL-CIO.
      American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
      Fleming, Chris (2011, September 8). President Obama Is Right: We Need Jobs Right Now. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFSCME.
      American Federation of Teachers
      Weingarten, Randi (n.d.). President's Bold Jobs Plan Will Revive Economy and Rebuild Nation. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFT.
      American Institute of Architects
      AIA (2011, September 9). AIA Responds to Obama's Address. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from Residential Design + Build.
      American Public Transportation Association
      American Public Transportation Association (2011, September 9). APTA Commends President Obama for Focus on Creating Jobs Through Investing in Transportation Infrastructure. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from Press Releases > 2011.
      Associated General Contractors of America
      Stephen E. Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America (2011, September 9). PRESIDENT'S JOBS PROPOSAL WILL CREATE JOBS, BOOST PRIVATE SECTOR ACTIVITY AND PROTECT TAXPAYERS, CONSTRUCTION OFFICIAL SAYS. Retrieved October 5, 2011, from Press Release.
      Biotechnology Industry Organization
      Joseph, Jeff (2011, September 9). BIO Comments on “The American Jobs Act”. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from BIO.
      BlueGreen Alliance
      Schwinghammer, Kelly & Eric Steen (2011, September 8). With Stage Set, Up to Congress to Move Forward on Creating Good, American Jobs. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from Blue Green Alliance.
      Center for American Progress
      Center for American Progress Action Fund (2011, September 14). Rebuild America. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from Take Action.
      Communications Workers of America
      Johnson, Candice (2011, September 8). It's Time to Get Serious About Good Jobs. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from CWA.
      Council for Exceptional Children
      Shinn, Dianne (2011, September 12). CEC Supports the American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from CEC.
      Economic Policy Institute
      Mishel, Lawrence (2011, September 8). How effective is President Obama’s jobs plan?. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from EPI.
      Hispanic Federation
      Rodríguez-López, Lillian (2011, September 9). Hispanic Federation Backs American Jobs Act. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from Whitehouse.gov.
      International Association of Fire Fighters
      Hall, Mike (2011, September 9). Unions, Allies Back American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFL-CIO.
      International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
      Hill, Edwin D. (2011, September 9). Jobs Bill Critical First Step in Addressing Unemployment Crisis. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from IBEW.
      International Brotherhood of Teamsters
      Teamsters (2011, September 9). Teamsters Back American Jobs Act. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from Whitehouse.gov.
      International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
      Hall, Mike (2011, September 9). Unions, Allies Back American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFL-CIO.
      Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
      (2011, September 9). LCLAA Statement on the President's Jobs Speech. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from Facebook.
      Laborers' International Union of North America
      O'Sullivan, Terry (2011, September 8). American Jobs Act, Strong Highway Bill Key to Reviving Our Economy, Creating Jobs. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from LiUNA.
      Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
      Henderson, Wade and Nancy Zirkin (2011, September 14). Support the American Jobs Act. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from LCCHR.
      Midwest High Speed Rail Association
      The Midwest High Speed Rail Association (n.d.). Thank @BarackObama for putting $4B for high speed rail in the jobs bill sent to Congress today (and $2B for @Amtrak ). http://www.scribd.com/doc/64723145/American-Jobs-Act-Final. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from Twitter: @HSRail.
      National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
      Shelton, Hillary O. (2011, October 4). The American Jobs Act is Introduced in Both The U.S. Senate and The House of Representatives. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from NAACP.
      National Association of Police Organizations
      NAPO (2011, October 1). THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT’S POTENTIAL IMPACT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from NAPO.
      National Association of Secondary School Principals
      Farrace, Bob (2011, September 12). NASSP Urges Support for American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from NASSP.
      National Education Association
      Robertson, Sara (2011, September 8). President's jobs plan to repair schools and keep educators in classrooms. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from NEA.
      National Employment Law Project
      Bradley, Tim (2011, September 8). NELP STATEMENT ON OBAMA JOBS SPEECH. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from NELP.
      National League of Cities
      Minchak, Gregory (2011, September 12). NLC Calls on Congress to Pass American Jobs Act Right Away. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from NLC.
      National Organization for Women
      NOW (2011, September 9). NOW Urges Congress: Pass a Major Jobs Bill NOW!. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from NOW.
      National Wildlife Federation
      National Wildlife Federation (2011, September 8). American Jobs Act Would Offer Greening Opportunities To A Third of U.S. Schools. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from Wildlife Promise.
      Service Employees International Union
      Henry, Mary Kay (2011, September 9). Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Backs American Jobs Act. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from SEIU.
      Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
      SMWIA (2011, September 9). Statement from SMWIA GP Nigro On American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from SMWIA.
      Transport Workers Union of America
      Little, James C. (2011, September 8). TWU President James C. Little On President Obama’s Jobs Speech. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from TWU.
      United Association
      Hall, Mike (2011, September 9). Unions, Allies Back American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFL-CIO.
      United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
      Hansen, Joseph (2011, September 8). STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK . Retrieved September 14, 2011, from UFCW.
      United Steelworkers
      Gerard, Leo W. (2011, September 8). USW statement on President Obama’s jobs address to Congress. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from USW.
      USAction
      (2011, September 9). Tell Congress to pass Pres. Obama’s American Jobs Act and KEEP GOING. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from Inside US Action.
      Utility Workers Union of America
      Hall, Mike (2011, September 9). Unions, Allies Back American Jobs Act. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from AFL-CIO.

      3 organizations opposed this bill

      FreedomWorks
      FreedomWorks (2011, September 13). Obama’s American Jobs Act will Crush Jobs. Retrieved October 5, 2011, from Blog.
      Heritage Foundation
      Ashe Schow, Heritage Action for America (2011, September 12). Pres. Obama’s Jobs Plan Won’t Create Jobs (Shocker). Retrieved October 5, 2011, from Driving the Day .
      National Small Business Association
      NSBA (2011, September 14). American Jobs Act Introduced. Retrieved October 11, 2011, from NSBA.

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      Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 112th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012.
      Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

      Contributions by Legislator

      Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Daniel K. AkakaDHI$35,000$0
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$44,700$25,950
      Kelly AyotteRNH$36,250$88,266
      John BarrassoRWY$21,000$44,950
      Max BaucusDMT$275,850$5,500
      Mark BegichDAK$480,657$1,750
      Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$6,750$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$2,314,695$0
      Scott P. BrownRMA$142,137$635,158
      Sherrod BrownDOH$1,323,553$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$270,139$0
      Ben CardinDMD$277,725$4,000
      Tom CarperDDE$116,870$0
      Bob CaseyDPA$456,852$0
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$66,050$358,798
      Daniel CoatsRIN$11,500$57,350
      Tom CoburnROK$19,000$101,093
      William Thad CochranRMS$14,350$6,300
      Susan M. CollinsRME$157,286$74,050
      Gaylord Kent ConradDND$15,800$0
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$266,267$0
      Bob CorkerRTN$43,950$52,180
      John CornynRTX$74,800$154,940
      Jim DeMintRSC$18,750$283,970
      Dick DurbinDIL$411,096$4,000
      Mike EnziRWY$32,000$14,000
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$425,093$1,250
      Al FrankenDMN$963,925$0
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$2,471,936$2,000
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$50,670$25,558
      Kay R. HaganDNC$1,232,566$0
      Tom HarkinDIA$366,141$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$115,850$36,450
      Dean HellerRNV$45,545$159,687
      Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$11,150$40,300
      Jim InhofeROK$11,050$60,975
      Dan InouyeDHI$164,700$1,000
      Mike JohannsRNE$46,500$25,246
      Tim JohnsonDSD$341,298$0
      John F. KerryDMA$354,201$0
      Mark KirkRIL$133,940$261,400
      Amy KlobucharDMN$526,672$0
      Herb KohlDWI$0$0
      Jon KylRAZ$6,000$5,750
      Mary L. LandrieuDLA$522,614$16,000
      Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$269,653$0
      Carl LevinDMI$317,419$3,000
      Joe LiebermanICT$-500$0
      Dick LugarRIN$30,974$23,050
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$435,165$2,000
      Claire McCaskillDMO$1,681,542$0
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$141,875$246,433
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$454,000$1,000
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$701,291$0
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$305,758$0
      Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$97,650$2,000
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$379,776$0
      Mark L. PryorDAR$198,450$2,750
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$229,660$2,000
      Harry ReidDNV$763,136$4,600
      Jim RischRID$13,800$185,206
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$43,003$105,899
      John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$295,750$0
      Bernie SandersIVT$461,820$0
      Jeff SessionsRAL$28,650$63,970
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,650,582$2,500
      Olympia J. SnoweRME$69,250$25,250
      Debbie StabenowDMI$749,816$500
      Jon TesterDMT$873,828$0
      Mark UdallDCO$921,350$0
      Tom UdallDNM$650,460$0
      David VitterRLA$93,550$221,901
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$429,659$5,250
      Jim WebbDVA$37,150$250
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$392,347$0
      Roger F. WickerRMS$48,100$69,675

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      NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
      That Supported
      $ From Interest Groups
      That Opposed
      Daniel K. AkakaDHI$35,000$0
      Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$44,700$25,950
      Kelly AyotteRNH$36,250$88,266
      John BarrassoRWY$21,000$44,950
      Max BaucusDMT$275,850$5,500
      Mark BegichDAK$480,657$1,750
      Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$6,750$0
      Barbara BoxerDCA$2,314,695$0
      Scott P. BrownRMA$142,137$635,158
      Sherrod BrownDOH$1,323,553$0
      Maria CantwellDWA$270,139$0
      Ben CardinDMD$277,725$4,000
      Tom CarperDDE$116,870$0
      Bob CaseyDPA$456,852$0
      Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$66,050$358,798
      Daniel CoatsRIN$11,500$57,350
      Tom CoburnROK$19,000$101,093
      William Thad CochranRMS$14,350$6,300
      Susan M. CollinsRME$157,286$74,050
      Gaylord Kent ConradDND$15,800$0
      Christopher A. CoonsDDE$266,267$0
      Bob CorkerRTN$43,950$52,180
      John CornynRTX$74,800$154,940
      Jim DeMintRSC$18,750$283,970
      Dick DurbinDIL$411,096$4,000
      Mike EnziRWY$32,000$14,000
      Dianne FeinsteinDCA$425,093$1,250
      Al FrankenDMN$963,925$0
      Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$2,471,936$2,000
      Lindsey GrahamRSC$50,670$25,558
      Kay R. HaganDNC$1,232,566$0
      Tom HarkinDIA$366,141$0
      Orrin G. HatchRUT$115,850$36,450
      Dean HellerRNV$45,545$159,687
      Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$11,150$40,300
      Jim InhofeROK$11,050$60,975
      Dan InouyeDHI$164,700$1,000
      Mike JohannsRNE$46,500$25,246
      Tim JohnsonDSD$341,298$0
      John F. KerryDMA$354,201$0
      Mark KirkRIL$133,940$261,400
      Amy KlobucharDMN$526,672$0
      Herb KohlDWI$0$0
      Jon KylRAZ$6,000$5,750
      Mary L. LandrieuDLA$522,614$16,000
      Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$269,653$0
      Carl LevinDMI$317,419$3,000
      Joe LiebermanICT$-500$0
      Dick LugarRIN$30,974$23,050
      Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$435,165$2,000
      Claire McCaskillDMO$1,681,542$0
      Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$141,875$246,433
      Bob MenéndezDNJ$454,000$1,000
      Jeff MerkleyDOR$701,291$0
      Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$305,758$0
      Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$97,650$2,000
      Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$379,776$0
      Mark L. PryorDAR$198,450$2,750
      John "Jack" ReedDRI$229,660$2,000
      Harry ReidDNV$763,136$4,600
      Jim RischRID$13,800$185,206
      Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$43,003$105,899
      John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$295,750$0
      Bernie SandersIVT$461,820$0
      Jeff SessionsRAL$28,650$63,970
      Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,650,582$2,500
      Olympia J. SnoweRME$69,250$25,250
      Debbie StabenowDMI$749,816$500
      Jon TesterDMT$873,828$0
      Mark UdallDCO$921,350$0
      Tom UdallDNM$650,460$0
      David VitterRLA$93,550$221,901
      Mark R. WarnerDVA$429,659$5,250
      Jim WebbDVA$37,150$250
      Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$392,347$0
      Roger F. WickerRMS$48,100$69,675

      Interest Groups that supported this bill

      $ Donated
      Women's issues$7,280,390
      Democratic/Liberal$4,230,183
      Building trades unions$2,892,300
      Environmental policy$2,690,152
      Biotech products & research$1,183,829
      Architectural services$1,084,773
      Teachers unions$904,500
      Manufacturing unions$743,570
      Transportation unions$709,400
      Minority/Ethnic Groups$707,290
      Education$506,825
      Police & firefighters unions & associations$486,550
      Food service & related unions$470,677
      State & local govt employee unions$450,070
      Children's rights$428,785
      IBEW (Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)$401,850
      Commercial service unions$374,800
      Teamsters union$351,870
      Communications & hi-tech unions$340,300
      Health & welfare policy$269,791
      Automotive Manufacturing union$263,632
      Labor Unions$255,700
      Builders associations$215,721
      Other unions$125,333
      Energy-related unions (non-mining)$65,000
      Human Rights$41,451
      Railroad transportation$13,100
      Civil service & government unions$0
      Municipal & county government organizations$0

      Interest Groups that opposed this bill

      $ Donated
      Republican/Conservative$3,260,855
      Small business associations$254,250
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