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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

AFSCME Calls Senate Vote “A Bold Step Forward”

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the U.S. Senate’s 61 to 38 vote this morning to end the filibuster on the Jobs Bill

Washington, DC — 

“The U.S. Senate took a bold step forward today in the effort to protect jobs and bolster America’s economic recovery. AFSCME members have mobilized around the country to secure this victory, urging the Senate to do the right thing and avoid prolonging the economic crisis that confronts us in every community in this country. By breaking the Republican filibuster on emergency aid for the states, the Senate has thrown a lifeline to millions of Americans who are being hit hard by the worst economy since the Great Depression. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid and the persistence of Senate Democrats. As we look to November, Americans have a clear choice: Democrats who will do what it takes to save and create jobs and get our economy moving, or Republicans who are all too willing to watch the economy stall for their political gain.”

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