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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

“Senate vote provides $26 billion to save jobs”

Washington, DC — 

AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee issued the following statement on the Senate passage of “The American Workers, States and Business Relief Act”:

“Today’s vote in the Senate provides $26 billion to the states to save jobs and help America’s working families. Just as importantly, it helps states pay for unemployment insurance and Medicaid programs that are being cut to the bone. 

“Across the country, state and local governments are slashing programs that help the unemployed and the working poor survive the Bush Recession. This bill provides a real lifeline for the people who need these services.

“While this bill will help, we’re not out of the woods. This crisis is not going away. State and local governments still face massive budget shortfalls that threaten vital public services in every community in this country. Congress needs to provide emergency funding for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. They need to pass the new bill introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) to get badly needed federal dollars directly to cash strapped cities and counties. There’s more work to be done before we can say the job is done.”

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