Massachusetts voters’ message to Washington: It’s time for action

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Washington, DC — Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern released the following statement after Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts.

"Today is no different than yesterday or the day before or the day before that. Pat DeJong will still wake up in Libby, Montana. Pat is still mourning the loss of her husband and the selling of his family's ranch because of his medical bills.  And, Pat will still go to the bed side of her patients each day, providing excellent care, still lacking coverage of her own," said SEIU President Andy Stern. "Pat's reality is the reality millions of working people face every day. One political election does not change the fact that Pat and hardworking families across this country have been asking for and deserve fundamental reforms.

"The reason Ted Kennedy's seat is no longer controlled by a Democrat is clear: Washington's inability to deliver the change voters demanded in November 2008. Make no mistake, political paralysis resulted in electoral failure," Stern said.

"During the past year, Republicans refused to do anything but stand in the way of change and Democratic Senators took too long to do too little. And tonight, the Senate bears the consequences for its failure to act decisively but the American people are the ones left paying the price. If our elected officials don't recognize that every day more working families fall victim to Washington's failure to act, the elections next November will result in the same.

"Today's vote must be a wake-up call that now is the time for bold action. Time to stand up to politics as usual. Time to stand up to Republican scare and stall tactics. And time to speak up for working families.

"The Senate may have squandered the trust the American people gave to Washington in 2008. But now, every member of Congress and the Administration must act with a renewed sense of purpose to show working families whose side they are on and deliver meaningful change to every American. This is not the time for timidity.  It is time to show the courage and strength of conviction to move this country forward and bring working families the change they need. It starts by passing health insurance reform and giving Pat and millions of people like her the security and peace of mind they deserve."

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  • Since when does the CP mourn the misfortune of a family of kulaks-- "rich" peasants?

    Posted by Ann from the new red state of MA, 01/31/2010 4:33pm (6 years ago)

  • Another thing, eliminate the Senate's Filibuster-that has been used by Republicans and their allies to thwart real reform. Why should a discredited minority representing the party that elected an administration responsible for all the problems we are facing now be allowed to block health care reform? This filibuster and threat of its use was a stalling tactic that enabled much needed civil rights legislation to be blocked for so long.

    Anyone supporting real change for the better should fight against the filibuster-as long as it exists there will be no meaningful change whatsoever.

    Posted by John Bass, 01/21/2010 11:53am (6 years ago)

  • We benefit nothing from the right wing mobilizing the working class vote against the working class. The question what are we do besides talking about what the politicians are not doing? How many bus loads of people did we send to Boston? How many mass mobilizations and protests have we taken to Washington to move them off the dime?
    Washington is the seat of state power that has been used by the rich and powerful to maintain the status. The only leverage we have against this is the people. So lets get busy organizing and protesting and do our political fine tuning in the dirt and blood of battle.

    Posted by Frank Chapman, 01/21/2010 11:49am (6 years ago)

  • Today's vote must be a wake-up call that now is the time for bold action. Time to stand up to politics as usual. Time to stand up to Democrats bullying, bribery and partisan tactics . And time to speak up for ALL Americans.

    Posted by Phil Jackson, 01/20/2010 7:29pm (6 years ago)

  • Well said, Andy. The same call should be coming from the CP leadership as well, and isn't, while the Dems all play the blame game and point fingers at each other. Is anybody gonna stand up?

    Posted by Edge, 01/20/2010 12:06pm (6 years ago)

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