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Dr. No: Screw workers and the poor

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In the continuing reality show of what Dr. No Boozman would mean in the U.S. Senate, we have today the vote in the House for money to shore up Medicaid (health care for the elderly and poor) and public sector jobs for people like teachers, police and firefighters.

Even Mike Ross voted for this

John Boozman said NO! How else will we pay to continue tax breaks for rich people?

As one interest group put it, Boozman voted to fire teachers, nurses, firefighters and cops.

NEWS RELEASE

Washington, DC — With no help from U.S. Rep. John Boozman (AR-3), emergency state assistance that will protect the jobs of teachers, cops, fire fighters, and nurses across Arkansas is on the way to the President’s desk. Arkansas is poised to receive $216 million in increased federal Medicaid assistance and emergency allocations to school districts under the legislation approved by Congress today over Rep. Boozman’s objections. In addition to helping states facing severe budget shortfalls avoid laying off hundreds of thousands of public service workers, the legislation will cut the deficit by $1.4 billion over the next decade.

Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “Rep. Boozman owes his constituents a very good explanation why he voted today to fire thousands of Arkansas cops, fire fighters, and teachers. Rather than treat the severe budget woes states are dealing with in the Bush recession like the emergency it is, Rep. Boozman chose to play politics with emergency job-saving federal assistance. Considering this legislation will actually cut the federal deficit by almost $1.4 billion, he had no excuse to stand in the way. Meanwhile, Rep. Boozman is standing behind his Republican Party leaders who insist on more of the same Bush tax cuts for the rich and big corporations that blew a hole in the federal deficit. Talk about out-of-touch: ‘yes’ to more deficit-ballooning Bush tax cuts for the rich, but ‘no’ to saving the jobs of hundreds of thousands of educators and first responders? Rep. Boozman needs to seriously reevaluate his priorities, because Arkansas middle-class workers seem to be at the bottom of his list.”

Fact Sheet on the emergency state assistance bill Congress passed today:

1. Saves and creates 290,000 American jobs (140,000 teacher jobs saved and 150,000 jobs created or saved, including police officers, firefighters and nurses).

2. These funds are needed immediately to prevent layoffs or actually rehire teachers and prevent law enforcement officers from losing their jobs.

3. Completely paid for, in part by closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to ship American jobs overseas.

4. Cuts the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years, according to the CBO.

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