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For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“The President will fight for American jobs”

Washington, DC — 

Gerald W. McEntee, president of the 1.6 million member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“President Obama made it clear last night that he will fight for American jobs. He knows that we cannot lose sight of the millions of working families who are still suffering as a result of the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Too many Americans are out of work and too many jobs are at risk. We must act now or many more could lose their jobs in the months ahead. The President reminded the Democrats of their obligation to lead and served notice to Republicans that ‘just say no’ is not an option. Millions of hardworking Americans agree.

“We agree with the President that our country needs to lay a foundation for long-term economic growth. We continue to believe that providing affordable, quality health care for millions of additional Americans is not only the right thing to do, but is also a key to economic recovery.

“Federal action is needed to keep our economy from slipping back into the ditch. That is why a robust investment in the vital public services we need during tough times must be a part of federal jobs legislation. Too many services in communities across the country are being cut to the bone. State and local governments need help and they need it now.”

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