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For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 07, 2011

“A Healthy Economy Is the Best Deficit Reduction Strategy”

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on debt ceiling negotiations

Washington, DC — 

“According to press reports, cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are under discussion as part of the debt ceiling negotiations. The middle class and the poor did not create our fiscal situation, and they should not bear the brunt of resolving it. Earlier decisions to enact unaffordable tax cuts should not result in cuts in Social Security payments for seniors and the disabled. Two lengthy and expensive wars should not force billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, shifting costs to states and ultimately children, vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. Bailouts for banks should not force cuts to Medicare.

“The central focus of negotiators must be the need to create jobs and improve the economy. A healthy economy is the best deficit reduction strategy.”