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Pres. Barack Obama

Working Families for Barack Obama

Taking office during the worst economic downturn in a generation, Barack Obama took America from the brink of a second Great Depression by pressing Congress to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which saved or created 3.6 million jobs—and he could have done more if not for resistance from Republicans in Congress. Comprehensive health insurance reform, while not perfect, gave the promise of health security to millions of our fellow citizens, a goal that had eluded Democratic presidents for nearly 100 years. And Wall Street reform, passed over the objection of almost every single Republican, is beginning to reverse decades of financial deregulation that put our entire economy at risk.

Here are some of the ways President Barack Obama puts workers first:

Respecting and Protecting Public Servants

President Obama knows government runs best when it’s “run on behalf of the public interest, and that the dedication of public servants reflects that.” He opposes the Romney-Ryan cuts to public services. (AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting, 8/4/10; ABC News, 8/13/12)

Protecting the Right to Organize

President Obama stood with public workers in Wisconsin and Ohio, and believes “the right to organize and negotiate a fair pay for hard work should be the right of every American.” (The Washington Post, 2/18/11; AFL-CIO BCTD convention, 4/30/12)

Providing Tax Cuts for the Middle Class

President Obama believes that “when so many people are trying to get by,” middle-class families should continue to receive tax breaks, but that those making more than $250,000 a year should be asked to pay their fair share of taxes. (The Washington Post, 7/10/12)

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