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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Bowles Simpson Plan

“Once again, Bowles and Simpson have produced a plan that tells working people to “drop dead.”  In December 2010, Bowles and Simpson put forward a budget blueprint that proposed to cut tax rates for corporations and the richest Americans and eliminate taxes on overseas corporate profits, and then pay for these lower tax rates by cutting Social Security benefits, shifting Medicare costs to individuals, taxing health benefits and cutting federal employees’ pay, benefits and jobs.  The updated budget blueprint Bowles and Simpson put forward today cuts tax rates for the richest Americans and corporations and pays for these lower tax rates by cutting Social Security COLAs, taxing health benefits, and cutting federal employees’ health and retirement benefits. For working people and the future of our nation, it is dead on arrival.”

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