On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) voted to keep 150,000 cops and firefighters on the job and 160,000 teachers in the classroom. After passing the Senate last week, the measure is now headed to the President's desk for his signature. These critical jobs were saved, and the money to pay for it came from closing tax loopholes that encourage multinational corporations to outsource American jobs.
"Keeping cops on the beat by closing down Bermuda tax shelters for big corporations makes sense to me," Murphy said.
Murphy questioned the willingness of Bush-style Republicans in Congress to saddle future generations with $700 billion in debt for extending Bush's tax cuts for the super-rich, while refusing to support a bill that is fully paid for and helps keep over 300,000 cops on the beat and teachers in the classroom. Murphy reiterated his commitment to fight for these hardworking, middle-class Americans and said he strongly disagreed with Republicans' characterization of cops and firefighters as "special interests."
"A "no' vote on this measure was a vote to lay off local police officers and to allow corporate tax cheats to outsource American jobs," Murphy added.
"It's thanks to Patrick Murphy and this measure that Pennsylvania cops can stay on the job, working to keep families safe," said John McNesby, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5.