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Did You See That Last Night?

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On Tuesday night, we saw what happens when middle class families stand up to the extreme Republican agenda--we win.

Across the country, from Michigan to Maine to Ohio to Mississippi, voters resoundingly said no to radical Republican policies that target middle class families.

Voters Speak Loud and Clear on Election Night

By Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic Party
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Voters across Michigan sent Republicans a loud and clear message last night. Democratic values and Democratic candidates prevailed throughout the state from Traverse City to Battle Creek, Royal Oak to Flint, Lansing to Kalamazoo, Muskegon to Jackson, Ferndale to Southfield it was clear Democratic policies won out.


By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

With the holidays right around the corner, 50 million Americans are struggling with hunger as families across this country are facing tough economic times. Sadly, 16 million of them are children.

On October 1st, Governor Snyder put more struggling families in jeopardy as those receiving food assistance were faced with either having a reliable car or putting food on the table for their children.

One Year

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tomorrow night, the Republican presidential candidates will land in Michigan to "debate" the direction they want to take our country.

It's certainly hard to call it a debate, as they all agree that privatizing Social Security and Medicare as a way to finance even more tax cuts for the rich is a great idea.

Putting Jobs First

By Congressman Sander Levin
Monday, November 7, 2011

Barely a day goes by without another stark illustration of the widening income gap. And no matter how you slice the numbers, they all lead to the same troubling fact: the top 1 percent of Americans have seen enormous income gains during the past three decades while the average salary has barely budged.

I've Never Seen Anything Like It

By Debbie Stabenow, United States Senator
Friday, October 28, 2011

I've never seen anything like it. My colleagues and I have been fighting hard in the Senate to pass the American Jobs Act, but Republicans are filibustering our efforts at every turn.

Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street

By Erika Morningstar
Posted on October 9, 2011

This statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.

We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

Shared Sacrifice

By U.S. Senator Carl Levin
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Between now and the end of the year, Congress and the President must reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan in order to avoid deep and damaging across-the-board cuts to federal spending that would be harmful to our national security, bring real hardship to many families, and endanger our fragile economic recovery.

We can reach such an agreement, but only with a balanced and fair combination of spending cuts and new revenues.

In a recent speech to the Senate, I outlined a seven-point plan for deficit reduction that will require sacrifice not just from middle-class families, but from all Americans, and I wanted to share that plan with you.