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Press Release


October 16, 2013



Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)


AFT President Randi Weingarten on Congressional Deal to Reopen the Government

Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the congressional deal to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit:

"While this agreement is not perfect, we are hopeful that this sorry spectacle does not repeat itself again in a few months and our government can go back to doing the people's work.

"But let's be clear: The fact that a minority of right-wing extremists took our nation hostage to push an ideological agenda is not only unacceptable, it violates our values as a nation.

"What kind of lesson are we teaching our children when we tell them that government is supposed to work on behalf of the people but they see extremists willing to grind our nation to a halt if they don't get their way?

"The American people deserve better. Moving forward, Congress must also take action to reverse the devastating impact sequestration cuts are having on children and families."


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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.