Letters, Statements & More
AFSCME Urges Senate to Oppose Harmful Policy Riders
AFSCME Federal Budget Priorities FY 2016
AFSCME Letter to House Opposing Reconciliation Bill HR 3762
AFSCME Urges Senate to Support Omnibus
AFSCME Urges House to Support Omnibus
Omnibus Letter to Congress – Urging Clean Budget Bill
AFSCME Letter Supporting “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015” (HR 1314) to the House (10/28/15)
AFSCME Letter Supporting “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015” (HR 1314) to the Senate (10/29/15)
Statement by AFSCME President Lee Saunders and UAW President Dennis Williams on the Obama Administration’s plan to assist Puerto Rico
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposes Portman-Schumer International Tax Framework” (7/31/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing Ban on State and Local Government Tax Authority on Internet Access - HR 235 -to House (6/8/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Opposing Ban on State and Local Government Tax Authority – HR 1643, HR 2315, BATSA - to House (6/2/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Supporting Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) to Senate (7/10/15)
AFSCME Letter (Sign-On) Supporting “Responsible Estate Tax Act” – S. 1677 (6/25/15)
AFSCME Letter Opposing Attacks on Dodd-Frank Protections – HR 37 - to House (1/13/15)
AFSCME Letter Opposing Tax Extenders for Businesses & Wealthy - HR 636 & HR 644 - to House (2/12/15)
AFSCME Letter Opposing Repeal of Estate Tax – HR 1105 - to House Cmte (3/24/15)
Unions Letter Opposes 3 Bills to Weaken State & Local Govt. Tax Authority at 6/17/15 House Judiciary Vote
AFSCME Letter to Representatives Opposing Estate Tax Repeal, HR 1105
AFSCME Letter to Representatives Opposes “Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act” H.R. 1563
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Concerning Passage of the Omnibus Spending Bill
“There is little to celebrate in the omnibus, except that it provides budget certainty for the next nine months for most federal agencies and the state and local governments that carry out many federal programs and funding for Ebola."
AFSCME Supports Passing the Full-Year Omnibus Appropriations Bill
AFSCME Letter to Senate Supporting S2360
AFSCME letter Opposing House GOP Jobs Act HR4
AFSCME Letter in Support of Levin's No Federal Contracts S2704
AFSCME Letter to House opposing T-HUD Appropriations Bill
AFSCME Letter Opposing H.R. 4457: America's Small Business Tax Relief Act
AFSCME Opposes the Ryan Budget
AFSCME President Blasts House Approval of Budget for Wealthy
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders released the following statement following the House approval of the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan.
AFSCME Applauds Senate Approval of Jobless Aid and Calls on House to Act Without Delay
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today on the Senate’s approval of jobless aid to millions of Americans.
AFSCME's Federal Budget Priorities
AFSCME Urges No Vote on 2015 Ryan Budget
This budget once again sets woefully inadequate spending levels for public services
AFSCME Urges No Votes on HR 1869 and HR 1872
These two bills will not improve budget challenges and would actually undermine Congress' work to craft budgets that accurately the reflect the economy and national needs.
AFSCME’S SAUNDERS: "This shutdown ordeal has come to an end. It should never happen again."
"The hardworking women and men of this country deserve better."
AFSCME Urges Yes Vote to End Budget Stalemate (Senate)
AFSCME Urges Yes Vote to End Budget Stalemate (House)
AFSCME’s Saunders: “It’s Time for Governing to Take Precedence over Partisan Posturing”
Misguided Vendetta-Fueled Agenda to Repeal Affordable Care Act Must Be Stopped
AFSCME Letter to Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee
It's time to end austerity before we further endanger economic growth.
Working Families Can Trust Jason Furman to Bolster the Economic Recovery
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Jason Furman’s New Role as Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
AFSCME Opposes the Misnamed Full Faith and Credit Act
This bill is the latest effort to hold the debt ceiling hostage while jeopardizing job growth, the economy, and the full faith and credit of the United States.
AFSCME’s Saunders: We Must Strengthen Retirement Security, Not Weaken It
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the White House’s proposed budget
AFSCME Supports the Senate Budget Resolution
Chairwoman Murray's budget prioritizes job creation and economic growth by strengthening the middle class and working families rather than giving needless tax breaks to the super wealthy and corporations.
AFSCME Opposes Chairman Ryan's Budget Resolution
AFSCME Letter of Concern Over Continuing Resolution Vote H.R. 933
Ryan Budget Is Nothing More than a Time Machine Ride Back to Financial Instability
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Rep. Paul Ryan’s GOP Budget
AFSCME’s Saunders on Bowles Simpson Plan
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the new Bowles Simpson plan
AFSCME’s Saunders: “We Must Pull Together to Rebuild the Middle Class”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s State of the Union address
AFSCME Letter to U.S. Representatives Opposing the Schrader Amendment to H.R. 444
AFSCME letter supporting Superstorm Sandy Emergency Spending bill (H.R. 152) (1/15/13)
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Budget Agreement
AFSCME’s Saunders: “Boehner Showed Us Today Just Which Side He Really Stands On”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B”
AFSCME, NEA, SEIU Launch Third Round of TV Ads Calling on Congress to Protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Education
In “Boehnerville,” with cuts to vital services, it’s a not so wonderful life
AFSCME’s Saunders: “Congress Should Follow the Will of the Voters”
AFSCME, SEIU and NEA Launch Ad Campaign to Protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Education
New poll shows major opposition to cuts to vital services
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s Remarks
Romnesia Can’t Change the Fact that President Obama Saved the Auto Industry
Meet Richard Hayes. He Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash.
AFSCME launches campaign featuring public workers who service Mitt Romney’s La Jolla, Calif., neighborhood
Massachusetts Workers Blast Mitt Romney: “Romney and His Corporate-Backed Allies in Washington Would Only Make Matters Worse”
AFSCME’s Saunders: Choice Between Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan “Couldn’t Be Any Clearer”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders following Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate
AFSCME Letter to U.S. Representatives Opposing Extension of All Bush Tax Cuts (H.R. 8) & Expedited Process for Tax Reform (H.R. 6169) [July 31, 2012]
Letter to U.S. Senate Urging Support of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2012
It is time to take a stand and start restoring basic fairness to our tax system.
AFSCME Letter Supporting “Bring Jobs Home Act” (S. 3364) – July 17, 2012
AFSCME supports S. 3364 because it would close a harmful federal tax loophole that encourages businesses to send jobs overseas, and use the savings to help relocate businesses back to America.
Union Sign-On Letter Supporting Internet Sales Tax Legislation & E-Fairness: H.R. 3179 (July 24, 2012)
We advocate for closing tax loopholes that allow sellers to avoid collecting sales taxes on hundreds of millions of remote purchases made via internet, phone and mail.
Unions Support Senate’s "Marketplace Fairness Act" (S. 1832) April 24, 2012
AFSCME’s McEntee: Legislation Pits Women & Children’s Health Against Student Loans
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee in response to the passage of H.R. 4628, a bill capping student loan rates by siphoning funds from health prevention
AFSCME Statement for Senate Finance Hearing “Tax Reform: What it Means for State and Local Tax and Fiscal Policy”
AFSCME supports progressive federal tax policies that help ensure state and local governments can invest adequately in public education, health care, job creation, infrastructure and the social safety net.
AFSCME Letter Supporting Buffett Rule Bill (S. 2230)
Bill is key step to ensure America's highest earners pay their fair share of federal taxes.
AFSCME Letter Opposing the Ryan Budget Plan
“House Republican Leaders Have Broken Promises to America Yet Again”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee on Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican budget proposal
AFSCME’s McEntee: Obama Budget Puts Middle Class First, Right-Wing Temper Tantrum Ensues
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee on President Obama’s 2013 Budget
Letter to U.S. House Urging Extension of Unemployment Insurance and Payroll Tax Cut
Both initiatives are essential to sustaining the economic recovery that appears to be gaining some momentum.
AFSCME letter opposing Line-Item Veto
Proposed budget changes would adversely impact jobs, education, health care, training and other vital services.
AFSCME letter opposing unbalanced budget reforms
Bills would undermine Congress’ attempts to craft budgets that accurately reflect the economy and national needs.
Unions Support Bipartisan “Marketplace Fairness Act,” S. 1832
Bill would enable state & local governments to collect sales and use tax from online and remote sellers
AFSCME Calls for Congress to “Stop Their Games and Get to Work”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee after Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address
AFSCME’s McEntee to Congress: Stop Playing Political Games and Help the Middle Class
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to the continued debate on unemployment and payroll tax extension
All the 99% Wants for Christmas Are Jobs
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to employment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor
AFSCME Statement before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the Balanced Budget Amendment
Amending the U.S. Constitution for the purpose of requiring a balanced budget is unwise and impractical and would lead to economic disaster
Congress Must Now Refocus Their Energy on the Jobs Crisis
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee after the Congressional Super Committee failed to reach an agreement
McEntee: Congressional Republicans Are Partying with the Tea Crowd while Working People Get Stuck with the Hangover
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee after the House of Representatives vote on a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing H.J. Res. 2
McEntee: It’s Time for Republicans in Congress to “Occupy Reality”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to employment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor
Union Sign-On Letter in Opposition to “Wireless Tax Fairness Act” (H.R. 1002)
The Wireless Tax Fairness Act” (H.R. 1002) would restrict state and local government taxing authority and establish a harmful and financially costly precedent of federal preemption over state and local fiscal decision-making.
AFSCME Launches New Ad Supporting American Jobs Act
“Podium” to Ask Viewers to Call Congress and Tell Them to Pass American Jobs Act Now
AFSCME Letter to U.S. House Judiciary Committee Opposing the REINS Act
H.R. 10 is a backdoor effort to nullify legislation approved by previous Congresses, a sneak attack on the protections that Americans count on to keep them safe.
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. Senate in Support of the American Jobs Act
S. 1660 is a robust plan, a critical first step towards putting America back to work, and we urge Congress to pass it quickly.
McEntee: Cantor “Just Doesn’t Get It” on Jobs
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) comment that the American Jobs Act is dead on arrival
Main Street Movement Goes from Madison to Manhattan
AFSCME’s McEntee and Saunders: “From Wisconsin to New York, Working Families Say Rebuilding Main Street Should be Priority # 1”
AFSCME Letter to Rep. Chris Van Hollen Regarding the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
Pres. McEntee urges the Super Committee to reduce the deficit by expanding our economy rather than forcing further austerity on working families.
AFSCME Ad Greets Jobs Debate
“More Jobs Equal Less Debt” to Air in Orlando, Nationally
Letter to the U.S. House in Support of the American Jobs Act
AFSCME joins the We Are One coalition and members of the American Dream Movement to express support for the American Jobs Act and President Obama’s proposals to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes.
AFSCME’s McEntee: Millionaires’ Tax “Welcome News,” But Congress Must Pass Jobs Bill Now
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in regards to President Obama’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction
AFSCME Letter to the Congressional Super Committee
Joint Select Task Force on Deficit Reduction members urged to prioritize job creation, raise revenues and protect low income and vulnerable Americans.
AFSCME’s McEntee to Congressional Republicans: Get Out of Jail Free Card Doesn’t Create Jobs
President Obama Is Right: We Need Jobs Right Now
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to the American Jobs Act outlined by President Obama
Zero Gained, 15,000 Lost
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on employment numbers issued by the U.S. Department of Labor
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee on the Congressional Deal Reached to Fund the FAA
Debt Ceiling Deal Is “Economic Malpractice”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the debt ceiling compromise
Republican Leaders “Willfully Bring Us to Brink of Economic Turmoil”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to the U.S. House of Representatives vote on debt ceiling legislation
TV Ads Launched in 8 States: “If the Social Security Checks, Veterans’ Benefits, Military Pay Americans Are Counting On Don’t Arrive After August 2, Thank Republicans in Congress”
Sen. Dean Heller, 7 GOP U.S. Reps. Implored: Stop Threatening Default and Holding the Interests of Ordinary Americans Hostage to Protect Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Oil Companies and Corporate Jet Owners
FAA Employees Urge Immediate Action on FAA Furloughs
Newspaper Ad Opposing the “Gang of Six” Proposal
Does this look like shared sacrifice to you? Sponsored by AFSCME, AFL-CIO, NEA, SEIU and UFCW.
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee in response to “Gang of Six” proposal
Letter to the U.S. Senate Opposing the “Gang of Six” Proposal
Letter to the U.S. House Opposing H.R. 1315
H.R. 1315 would handcuff the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and give discredited banking regulators vast power to block needed protections
“A Stealth Attack on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee in response to House Republicans passing their Cut, Cap and Kill Medicare bill
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act
H.R. 2560 would cut critical programs, cripple the economy, and lead to cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee on the June Jobs Report
“A Healthy Economy Is the Best Deficit Reduction Strategy”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on debt ceiling negotiations
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing a Balanced Budget Amendment
H.J. Res. 1 is an extremely draconian and unwise proposal that doesn't take into account the state of the economy.
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House in Support of a Clean Debt Limit Extension
It is absolutely essential to the national economy and the continued economic recovery that an extension of the debt limit be approved and no longer held hostage to unreasonable demands to reduce spending.
GOP Leadership Jobs Agenda “Out-of-Touch with Reality”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee regarding the House Republican leadership’s release of a jobs agenda
NY Vote a “Rebuke Against Schemes to Shred American Safety Net”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to Kathy Hochul's victory in the special election in New York's 26th Congressional District
AFSCME Statement on Proposals that Attack Federal Employee Income and Retirement Benefits
AFSCME Testimony to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on the Balanced Budget Amendment
AFSCME strongly opposes amending the U.S. Constitution for the purpose of requiring a balanced budget.
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. Senate Opposing Tax Repatriation Holiday
Congress should focus on job creation, not encouraging companies to move more jobs offshore.
“Surefire Way to Balance the Budget is to Create Jobs”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to President Obama’s speech on fiscal responsibility
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing Ryan Budget
The Ryan budget is a slap in the face to the American public's insistence that Washington reduce the federal deficit.
“Priorities That Are Out of Touch with Basic American Values”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the Ryan budget plan
Balanced Budget Amendment "A Recipe for Economic Disaster"
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the Senate introduction of a balanced budget constitutional amendment
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. Senate Opposing H.R. 1
On behalf of the 1.6 million members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), I am writing to urge that you oppose the House-passed Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1).
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing H.R. 1
On behalf of the 1.6 million members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), I am writing to urge that you oppose the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1).
“Pillars of a Civil Society”
National Civil Rights, Labor Leaders Speak Out on Behalf of Public Service Workers
AFSCME Letter to the U.S. House Opposing H.R. 38
The worst recession since the Great Depression has resulted in this next fiscal year shaping up to be the states' most difficult budget year on record with 44 states and the District of Columbia projecting budget shortfalls totaling $125 billion.
AFSCME Letter Supporting Middle Class Tax Cuts
On behalf of the 1.6 million members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), I urge you to vote for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010.
AFSCME Testifies at Obama Fiscal Commission
} AFSCME feels strongly that job growth is essential to controlling federal deficits. Reducing unemployment will reduce government transfer payments and lead to increased government revenues.
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