AFGE Statement On Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Plan

           AFGE Statement On Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Plan

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of
Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the
following statement on the latest rehash of the failed deficit reduction
proposal from ex-Senator Alan Simpson and Morgan Stanley Director Erskine
Bowles:

Mr. Simpson and Mr. Bowles seem to have missed the fact that America had an
election last November and that voters overwhelmingly rejected the regressive
and idiotic ideas they were peddling on behalf of their corporate masters. We
rejected more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. We rejected cuts in
Social Security and Medicare benefits. We rejected taking away earned
retirement benefits from public employees. We rejected an accelerated race to
the bottom for the middle class and the working poor.

It seems that Bowles and Simpson will not stop until federal employees lose
almost half of their retirement benefits, until hundreds of thousands of
federal employees are thrown out of work, and millions of Americans either
never retire or are poorer and more insecure in retirement because the Social
Security and Medicare benefits which they paid for, and on which they hoped to
rely, are slashed.

The more than 670,000 federal and D.C. government employees our union
represents could not be more thoroughly opposed to every single proposal
advanced by this dastardly duo. Further spending cuts to lower the living
standards of working and middle class households, and further tax cuts for the
rich and powerful, are despicable ideas. We urge Congress to ignore them in
their entirety.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal
employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the
government of the District of Columbia.

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SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees

Website: http://www.afge.org
Contact: Tim Kauffman, +1-202-639-6405, or +1-202-374-6491, kaufft@afge.org