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For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 15, 2011

AFSCME’s McEntee to Congress: Stop Playing Political Games and Help the Middle Class

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to the continued debate on unemployment and payroll tax extension

Washington, DC — 

“With the end of the year looming, congressional Republican leaders thus far have refused to engage in meaningful negotiations over the terms of legislation that would continue the federal unemployment benefit program and the payroll tax.  If Congress fails to act before the close of this legislative session, millions of Americans who are without work will lose vital unemployment benefits and millions more will see their taxes go up.”

“More than 6 million unemployed American workers would lose a much-needed safety net should Congress strip them of the benefits that are set to expire by year’s end.  In addition, 160 million Americans would be forced to dig deeper into their emptying pockets to pay more in taxes in 2012. This is absolutely unacceptable.

“It is time to stop the partisan game playing and pass an extension of unemployment benefits and the payroll tax extension.”

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