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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

“A Stealth Attack on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid”

Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee in response to House Republicans passing their Cut, Cap and Kill Medicare bill

Washington, DC — 

“Today the Republican House passed their Cut, Cap and Kill Medicare bill, one of the most draconian and extreme pieces of budget legislation in recent memory. It’s the Paul Ryan plan on steroids.

“This tea party-inspired legislation is a stealth attack on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and would make it virtually impossible to close tax loopholes for the rich and most prosperous corporations. It would also destroy 700,000 jobs.

“Whether it’s passing the extreme Paul Ryan budget, causing the current default crisis, or trying to use the Constitution to launch a sneak attack on seniors and the working middle class, House Republicans have made clear they will do whatever it takes to shred the American safety net in order to protect tax breaks for the rich.

“This week marks 200 days since Republicans took power in the House, yet they still haven't passed a single jobs bill. It’s time to stop playing games and start creating jobs.”

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