New Jersey State AFL-CIO Shutdown Press Conference Calls on Lawmakers to End Shutdown, Avoid Debt Ceiling

Joined By Mayor Cory Booker, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Furloughed Government Worker from AFGE

Shutdown_Press_Conference_1.JPGThis morning, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and furloughed government workers from AFGE at the State House to call on lawmakers to pass a clean continuing resolution to fund the government and stop the senseless attacks on working families.
  • For event pictures please visit the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Facebook page.
  • You can also forward an e-mail to your members of Congress urging them to end the shutdown by clicking HERE.
Workers across the country have been laid off or furloughed as a direct result of House Republican’s reckless demands.  Their actions are hurting our economy, families and, communities. Shutting down the government and preventing America from paying its bills is not just irresponsible, it’s dangerous.
It’s time for Congressional Republicans to do their jobs so no Americans lose their jobs. A small faction, in one party, in one chamber of Congress has thrown a wrench into the whole government that threatens our economy.  This isn’t representative government; it is hostage taking by a reckless minority.
The Tea Party’s extreme agenda – supported by Tea Party U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan – aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act, force deep cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, privatize Social Security, and eliminate other vital services while refusing to make the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share. We must pull together and continue to make our voices heard to end the shutdown, avoid the debt ceiling, and get our government working for all Americans again.

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