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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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

Washington, DC — 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Education Association (NEA) today launched a new television ad to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education.  These new ads, comparing Frank Capra’s “Potterville” to “Boehnerville” will run in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and on National Cable.

The third in a major campaign to protect vital services, “Boehnerville” is a six figure television buy asking Americans to call their member of Congress and urge them to reject any proposal by Speaker Boehner that calls for devastating cuts to vital services like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education.

“Speaker Boehner continues to demand huge sacrifices from the middle class by blocking their tax cut and demanding cuts to vital services like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,” said Chuck Loveless, AFSCME Federal Government Affairs Director.  “Much like the fictional Mr. Potter, Speaker Boehner wants to hold hard working men and women hostage, cut their benefits and give more tax breaks to his wealthy contributors.  Speaker Boehner needs to get his priorities straight by protecting the middle class and maintaining vital services that so many middle class Americans depend upon.”

"Speaker Boehner must listen to the millions of Americans who said loud and clear on November 6 that they voted for protecting and expanding the middle class, not for cuts to vital services that millions of Americans rely on for their healthcare, child care and retirement security,” said Peter Colavito, SEIU Director of Government Relations. 

“Speaker Boehner’s plan  is more of the same: protect tax cuts for the very wealthiest while demanding even more from our students and seniors to extract even more cuts in education, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare," said Mary Kusler, NEA Director of Government Relations.  "Unlike the fictional movie on which this ad is based, there will be very real and damaging consequences for low-income and special education students and our most vulnerable citizens if Speaker Boehner gets his way. Congress needs to quickly reject his plan and stand up and protect what matters to most Americans.”

“Boehnerville” is the third TV spot that will run on National Cable, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and Minnesota.  The spot can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_C3Op2-5z8

TV Script –

Narrator: What will happen if House Speaker John Boehner gets his way on the budget?

Welcome to Boehnerville,

where the rich won’t pay their fair share.

Our children’s educations will be cut.

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will be put at risk.

And the economic recovery would falter.

Call your member of Congress and tell them to stand up for middle class families.

Because in America everyone deserves a wonderful life

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