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AFSCME, NEA, SEIU Launch Third Round of TV Ads Calling on Congress to Protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Education

In "Boehnerville," with cuts to vital services, it's a not so wonderful life


WASHINGTON - December 19, 2012 -

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Education Association (NEA) today launched a new television ad to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education. These new ads, comparing Fank Capra’s “Potterville” to “Boehnerville” will run in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and on National Cable.

The third in a major campaign to protect vital services, “Boehnerville” is a six figure television buy asking Americans to call their member of Congress and urge them to reject any proposal by Speaker Boehner that calls for devastating cuts to vital services like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education.

“Speaker Boehner continues to demand huge sacrifices from the middle class by blocking their tax cut and demanding cuts to vital services like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,” said Chuck Loveless, AFSCME Federal Government Affairs Director. “Much like the fictional, Mr. Potter, Speaker Boehner wants to hold hard working men and women hostage, cut their benefits and give more tax breaks to his wealthy contributors. Speaker Boehner needs to get his priorities straight by protecting the middle class and maintaining vital services that so many middle class Americans depend upon.”

"Speaker Boehner must listen to the millions of Americans who said loud and clear on November 6 that they voted for protecting and expanding the middle class, not for cuts to vital services that millions of Americans rely on for their healthcare, child care and retirement security,” said Peter Colavito, SEIU Director of Government Relations.

“Speaker Boehner’s plan is more of the same: protect tax cuts for the very wealthiest while demanding even more from our students and seniors to extract even more cuts in education, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare," said Mary Kusler, NEA Director of Government Relations. "Unlike the fictional movie on which this ad is based, there will be very real and damaging consequences for low-income and special education students and our most vulnerable citizens if Speaker Boehner gets his way. Congress needs to quickly reject his plan and stand up and protect what matters to most Americans.”

“Boehnerville” is the third TV spot that will run on National Cable, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and Minnesota.  The spot can be viewed here:

TV Script — 
    Narrator: What will happen if House Speaker John Boehner gets his way on the budget?

    Welcome to Boehnerville,

    where the rich won’t pay their fair share.

    Our children’s educations will be cut.

    Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will be put at risk.

    And the economic recovery would falter.

    Call your member of Congress and tell them to stand up for middle class families.

    Because in America everyone deserves a wonderful life.

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AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

With 2.1 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. www.seiu.org

The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Chris Fleming, AFSCME, (202) 327-8420 or (202) 631-0929
                            Tyler Prell, SEIU, (202) 701-5796
                             Miguel A. Gonzalez, (202) 822-7823