In an op-ed published in 'The Nation,' Rep. Ellison blasted Tea Party House Republicans for jeopardizing the livelihoods of 160 million Americans who depend on the extension of unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts.
The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) guarantees that banks and other new owners of rental housing after foreclosure provide at least 90 days’ notice to renters living in foreclosed homes. Before PTFA was in place, tenants could be evicted from their homes with as little as a few days’ notice when the property was foreclosed.
The revenue measures in the bill — including new income tax brackets for millionaires, cutting oil subsidies for oil companies, and instituting a financial transactions tax — would not only pay for the job creation measures but would actually reduce the deficit over ten years.
To protect the health of our democracy and ensure that ordinary Americans’ voices are not drowned out, Keith introduced the Get Corporate Money Out of Politics Constitutional amendment. Watch Keith's interview with Thom Hartmann to learn more.
Called the "Get Corporate Money Out of Politics" amendment, the measure would overturn the 2009 Citizens United Supreme Court decision by declaring that corporations do not have the same free speech rights as individuals.
"We applaud Representative Ellison’s efforts to restore integrity to our democracy and hope that more legislators will follow his example. It is clear that the time has come for a constitutional amendment to rein in corporate influence in our elections.”
Rep. Keith Ellison has joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus to call on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to support an extension of federal unemployment benefits through 2012.