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Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796

Vote on Extreme House Republicans' Budget Shows Who Stands With Working Families


After the House of Representatives passed the Republican budget resolution, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

"While the outcome of today's vote is not a surprise, it is still disappointing thatHouse Republicans supported a proposal that would harm millions of seniors, people with disabilities, women and children who rely on Medicaid and Medicare. House Republicans aim to fundamentally dismantle these essential programs to pay for even more tax giveaways to corporations and millionaires.

"While we must take serious measures to address our serious fiscal challenges, the House Republicans' budget is a non-starter. Representatives who voted against the budget resolution deserve credit, but now Democrats in Congress should take the lead to devise a budget that reflects our national values and priorities. The House Republicans' extreme proposal should be left to wither on the vine."

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy.