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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Lame Duck Debate

Today the President affirmed the message sent by the American people on Tuesday.  It is time for our country to come together around our shared belief that working families need more economic security—not less—and the wealthy simply need to pay their fair share.  No more Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent. No benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

President Obama campaigned on a promise to move our country “Forward” and working people overwhelmingly supported his vision. “Forward is not more failed Bush tax handouts to the rich. “Forward” is bringing down health care costs, notcutting benefits working families deserve and depend on. “Forward” is notsimply maintaining the status quo. Forward is finding responsible ways to rebuild America, with more economic security, less inequality, shared prosperity and a ladder to the middle class for all.  Voters this week—including Romney voters—said they supported those goals.

As the President rightly said, “Our job now is to get a majority in Congress to reflect the will of the American people.”

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