Americans United for Change Applauds Reps. Hodes and Shea-Porter for Help in Sending Job-Saving, State Assistance to the President's Desk

Cops, Firefighters, Nurses and Teachers Across New Hampshire Breathe Sigh of Relief

Washington DC – Progressive issue-advocacy group Americans United for Change thanked U.S. Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter for helping to send emergency state assistance that will protect the jobs of teachers, cops, fire fighters, and nurses across New Hampshire to the President’s desk. New Hampshire is poised to receive $95 million in increased federal Medicaid assistance and emergency allocations to school districts under the legislation approved by Congress yesterday. 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, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter stood up for cops, fire fighters, and teachers across New Hampshire whose jobs were on the chopping block -- acting quickly to see this critical, job-saving state assistance that won’t add a dime to the deficit through to the President’s desk.  Reps. Hodes and Shea-Porter treated the severe budget woes states are dealing with in the Bush recession like the emergency it is and stood up to power corporate special interests that wanted to keep open tax loopholes that invite them to ship American jobs overseas. Reps. Hodes and Shea-Porter helped overcome fierce opposition from those in the pocket of Corporate America, like House Republican Leader John Boehner who has offered no apologies for belittling New Hampshire educators and first responders as “special interests.”  Reps. Hodes and Shea-Porter showed once again they are the strong voice middle-class New Hampshire workers can count on to protect their interests and stand up to the real special interests like the Wall Street banks that had their way during the Bush-era.”

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

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.