For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Budget AgreementWashington, DC —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement after a budget agreement was reached last night:
“The bipartisan agreement passed by the Senate and House brings much-needed revenue by requiring the wealthiest to pay more in taxes, offers an economic lifeline to millions of long-term unemployed Americans and their families, and extends significant tax credits for working Americans. These are important, equitable steps to move our country forward, and now we can turn the page on this fiscal debate and concentrate on reviving the economy.
“We must remain vigilant over the next several weeks. Republican congressional leaders have vowed to continue their demands for deep, drastic cuts to vital programs that protect our communities – from air traffic control to public schools to veterans’ benefits, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – and are relied upon by millions of Americans in order to keep their heads above water during these tough times. Their proposals to slash services and earned benefits will inflict more suffering and undercut our economic recovery. We urge Congress and President Obama to work together and focus on job creation, which is the best way to stimulate the economy.”