AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement on President Obama’s victory Wednesday saying the election results move the country forward toward a path of “sanity” and “shared prosperity.”
But he said there is much work to do to get the Republican House onboard to help the president move the nation forward with pro-worker, pro-labor public policies.
“Last night, working families across the country celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden — and breathed a sigh of relief that our country will move forward on the path of sanity and shared prosperity,” Trumka said.
Nothing about the last four years has been easy, he said, from the “Great Recession” to Hurricane Sandy, from “unrelenting partisan obstruction by Republicans to the greatest onslaught of negative ads ever unleashed against an American president.”
But throughout the tumult, he said, “President Obama and Vice President Biden have been steadfast allies of working men and women and the values we cherish, focused on repairing the economy, rebuilding the ladder to the middle class and investing in our shared future. That’s why workers and their unions made a historic effort on their behalf, bringing home the vote for the president from Nevada to Ohio, from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania.”
With “Osama dead and GM alive” and the economy beginning to pick up steam, he said, “we are ready to work together with the president and all willing parties to win greater equality and economic opportunity for all—starting with ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and opposing any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.”
With a showdown pending on the federal budget and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, it remains to be seen whether the tea party’s influence on the House leadership will let up and lead to bipartisan progress in Washington. But the people have spoken and if the House does not get onboard helping to solve some of our most pressing economic public policy conflicts, voters will be looking to replace some of them in the mid-term elections of 2014.
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