Labor Ad : Sens. Snowe, Collins ‘Can’t Spare a Dime’ for Jobs (Video)

June 25, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-The entire caucus of Senate Republicans, including Ben Nelson (D-NB), filibustered the Democratic jobs bill yesterday, depriving millions of long-term unemployed Americans of life-saving unemployment benefits and desperately needed aid to states, to fund Medicaid and keep teachers, police and firemen on the public payroll. It’s a disgrace that in a time of of a deep recession and near double-digit unemployment, Republicans are suddenly concerned about deficit spending. Now, one of the largest labor unions in the country and a progressive grassroots group are targeting Maine Sens. Snowe and Collins with a new ad, slamming them for their mean-spirited opposition to a jobs bill when people in Maine are suffering.

The ad’s voiceover questions the priorities of Sens. Snowe and Collins, noting that they found the cash for a Wall Street bailout, but can’t spare a dime for Maine jobs:

“It’s question of priorities for our senators. When it came to bailing out Wall Street senators Collins and Snowe found the money.”

“Now economists are urging them to support a jobs bill that means keeping more of Maine’s teachers in the classroom, cops on the street and nurses in our hospitals.

“But senators Collins and Snowe said no, we can’t spare a dime.”

“Call senators Collins and Snowe tell them to vote for a jobs bill that puts Maine not Washington politics first.”

The ad was paid for by the group Americans United for Change and the AFSCME, having 1.6 million members, including nurses, EMTS and corrections officers.



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