Congressional GOP Leaders Choose Tax Cuts for Wealthiest Few Over Teachers, Nurses, and Police Officers

Congressional Republicans have made their choice clear–with jaw dropping indifference to America's teachers and police officers, the GOP is calling for an extension of the deficit-busting Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest few and saddling Americans with nearly $700 billion in debt over a paid-for bill that reduces the deficit by $1.4 billion and creates 319,000 jobs for hard-working Americans.

Just last week, House Republican Leader John Boehner referred to this legislation to protect hard-working American's jobs as a “special interest bailout.”

Special interests? Really? The legislation will save or create more than 319,000 American jobs–20,000 more teacher jobs than reflected in previous estimates from the Department of Education (161,000 teacher jobs saved and 158,000 jobs created or saved, including police officers, firefighters and nurses). These funds are needed immediately to prevent layoffs and actually rehire teachers and prevent law enforcement officers from losing their jobs.

Congressional Republicans would rather extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest few and saddle Americans with a $700 billion bill than support legislation that:

Saves and creates more than 319,000 American jobs — including teachers, nurses, firefighters, and police officers;

Is fully paid-for by closing costly corporate tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship American jobs overseas;

Reduces the deficit by $1.4 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Get the facts about the GOP myths about the bill to save teacher, police, firefighter and nurse jobs»