‘House Republican Leaders Have Broken Promises to America Yet Again’

Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee on Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican budget proposal

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–March 21, 2012.

“House Republican leaders, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, have broken their promises to America yet again. At a time when this country needs jobs, economic growth and protection for the most vulnerable Americans, Ryan’s budget does the exact opposite.

“Representative Ryan’s plan cuts Medicare and Medicaid, cuts job creation programs, cuts education, cuts infrastructure funding. And yet the only cuts the wealthy see in this plan are to their taxes. This plan reduces the 1 percent’s tax rates and forces working families to carry the burden. It is a disaster for working people, retired Americans, and the most vulnerable Americans. This budget sets the wrong priorities for our nation.”

AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.