In the wake of his historic re-election, President Obama yesterday called for bipartisan solutions to our nation's economic challenges - this is exactly the right approach.
American voters made clear that they want our leaders to rebuild a vibrant middle class, create more good jobs, and ensure our policies reflect the core American ethic that we are all in this together.
Next week, Congress returns to Washington. When they do, they should heed the President's call - and the expectations of the American public - to make jobs and economic growth their first priority, extending tax cuts to the middle class immediately.
However, we must be mindful of the sacrifices that some will propose to reach these goals. We cannot place the burden of sacrifice on our seniors and most vulnerable.
SEIU stands ready to work with policymakers, Democrats and Republicans, who want to rebuild the middle class as the key to reducing the deficit and protect the core safety net, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that millions of Americans depend on.
We also stand ready to fight against job-killing spending cuts and tax breaks for the rich.
As the President said, we cannot cut our way to prosperity. Now is the moment to take responsible action to security our country's economic future.