The AFL-CIO expressed concern and skepticism late Monday about the emerging fiscal cliff deal being negotiated by Vice President Biden.
"We are very concerned about a situation which seems like we have a couple hundred billion of dollars of concessions made on one hand -- some of which will be permanent -- and on the other hand, we are going into a further and further round of fake fiscal crisis -- the debt ceiling, the sequester -- in which we are going to hear, of course, from the same fiscal hypocrites that we have to cut this and that," an AFL-CIO official told the Huffington Post's Sam Stein.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warned via Twitter that the reported deal "sets the stage for more hostage taking" by Republicans:
its not a good #fiscalcliff deal if it gives more tax cuts to 2 percent and sets the stage for more hostage taking— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) January 1, 2013
Rs #fiscalcliff doublethink: fiscal crisis demands cuts in services, no investment in jobs but allows more tax cuts for richest Americans— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) January 1, 2013
We cant set the stage for further destabilizing hostage taking from Rs in the form of another debt ceiling crisis & another sequester crisis— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) January 1, 2013