WASHINGTON - Massive budget cuts being debated in Congress would have devastating consequences for federal programs and services that millions of Americans rely on every day, the nation?s largest federal employee union says in a new national radio ad.
The ad, paid for by American Federation of Government Employees, urges public sector workers to voice their opposition to the House-passed bill that cuts $61 billion in spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
"These budget cuts will force agencies to lay off or furlough tens of thousands of federal workers who deliver vital services and programs to the American public," AFGE National President John Gage said.
"Federal agencies already are stretched thin since they've been operating on last year's budgets for the past six months," Gage said. "These budget cuts will decimate federal programs and services but won't make a dent in the massive budget deficit, which was the result of two unfunded wars, the stock market collapse and trillion-dollar bailouts and tax breaks for corporations."
In the new radio ad, AFGE urges public sector employees to call and visit their lawmakers and "set the record straight" about the impact these draconian cuts will have on everything from national security to healthy food and water.
The ads begin running Wednesday on nearly 100 radio stations in two dozen locations across the country. AFGE's national office also has pledged to help its local unions pay for running the ads in smaller markets.
The text of the ad is below.
The wrecking ball is hitting right now.
Vital federal, state, and local services that working Americans depend upon every day are being smashed.
As public employees, we know - first hand - the damage these crushing attacks will have on so many Americans:
Public employees need to set the record straight. No one is telling the real story. And no one knows it better than public employees.
Call -- then visit -- your Congressman and Senators. Tell them who you are and what you do.
Just tell them the truth. It?s about time somebody did.
Paid for by the American Federation of Government Employees.