For Immediate Release
Free Press Action Fund Slams Republican Lawmakers for Parroting AT&T's False Job Claims
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday Republican lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama touting the now-disproven claims that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger would create jobs.
Free Press Action Fund President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:
"We agree that jobs should be a top consideration here. In fact, the Department of Justice did consider the jobs question, and it concluded based on the actual evidence that this merger would be a disaster for American workers.
"Let me make this perfectly clear: According to AT&T's own statements, available to anyone who bothers to check the public record, this merger will reduce U.S. wireless investment by $10 billion. What AT&T calls synergies, everyone else calls cutbacks and lay-offs.
"T-Mobile has publicly acknowledged preparing severance packages for workers who will lose their jobs if this deal is approved. These are not secrets. If these members actually care about jobs, then they should stand up and oppose this deal, which will kill up to 20,000 U.S. jobs.
“If you want to know why these members of Congress would repeat something they know or should know to be false, you may want to check their campaign contributors. You won’t have to look very hard to figure out why they’re carrying water for AT&T."
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