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For Immediate Release

Monday, August 02, 2010

“It’s Time to Protect American Jobs”

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the Senate’s consideration of H.R. 1586

Washington, DC — 

“Later today, the U.S. Senate has scheduled a cloture vote on a bill – H.R. 1586 – that will provide $26 billion in funding to help states deal with their budget shortfalls, bolster Medicaid and fund education jobs. This funding is fully paid for, so passage of this measure will not increase the deficit. Experts agree that nearly one million additional Americans in both the public and private sectors will lose their jobs if this funding is not enacted. There is no time to waste. It’s time to protect American jobs. It’s time to get our economy and our country working again.”