Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Republicans Playing Politics with National Security

Im reformFebruary 27, 2015

Shamefully, Republicans have chosen an agenda built on demonizing aspiring citizens over our national security needs. They have ignored multiple opportunities to bring a clean homeland security funding bill to the floor for a vote. And now the very workers who keep our country safe every day run the risk of being furloughed or asked to work without pay. No level of political gamesmanship should jeopardize the safety of America.

Republicans have carelessly chosen to make political temper tantrums a pillar of their so-called leadership. But bad choices have consequences and the American people will remember how Republican leadership unnecessarily put our nation’s safety at risk.

The AFL-CIO steadfastly supports executive action on immigration. Despite continuing Republican attacks and misguided court orders, we will continue to help eligible workers prepare to apply for temporary relief and will fight to protect all workers  from abuse and exploitation on the job.

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