by Clyde Weiss | July 29, 2011
New TV ads target eight members of Congress on the debt ceiling vote.
In an effort to prevent an unprecedented, destabilizing default on America’s debt obligations, AFSCME and several other unions and groups are sponsoring television ads airing in eight states starting today. They urge viewers to tell their representatives or senator to “to stop holding the interests of ordinary Americans hostage.”
“If Congress doesn’t act by Tuesday, America won’t be able to pay all of its bills,” the ad says. “Social Security checks, veterans benefits, military pay – all could be at risk” because “Congressional Republicans want to protect tax breaks for millionaires, oil companies and corporate jets.”
In a statement, AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee says some lawmakers “need to get their priorities straight. They appear willing to throw the economy back into a tailspin and deny Social Security checks to seniors, benefits to veterans and care to sick children – all to save face with their corporate donors. Main Street has had enough.”
The ads can be viewed by clicking on the name of the targeted lawmaker:
- Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
- Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.)
- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
- Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.)
- Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.)
- Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.)
- Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.)
- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
In addition to AFSCME, groups sponsoring the ad campaign (which continues through Monday) are the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Education Association (NEA), and Americans United for Change.