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For Immediate Release

Friday, December 03, 2010

The Debt Commission Attack on Middle Class and Retirees Fails to Get the Necessary Votes

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on today’s final vote by the President’s Deficit Commission

Washington, DC — 

“Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles failed to get the 14 votes they needed for their regressive deficit reduction plan, but their misguided effort to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and working Americans will continue to pose a threat. We are gratified that seven of the 18 commission members opposed the Draconian recommendations that would have killed jobs, shredded our retirement safety net and forced massive cuts in programs to assist veterans, children and the middle class. Too many of the inside Washington members of the commission focused more on protecting lavish tax cuts for corporations and millionaires than on protecting jobs, public services and the retirement security of working Americans. In a week when millions of Americans are losing their unemployment benefits and the jobless rate continues to hover around 10 percent, the commission majority showed how out-of-touch they are with the concerns of most Americans. We need to enact a robust jobs plan that gets America back to work instead of looking for more ways to lower the tax rates for the wealthy and Wall Street.”

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