AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the proposed budget deal by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., woefully inadequate, but did not specifically call on lawmakers to flat-out reject the bill.
In a statement Wednesday, Trumka said the deal "provides temporary relief from sequestration budget cuts over the next two years, but does not represent the clean break from budget austerity that our economy so urgently needs."
He cited a litany of complaints with the proposal, beginning with its lack of an extension of unemployment benefits. He also criticized it for requiring federal workers to "pay more out of pocket for their pensions," increasing the fees paid by private companies to the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation, and for not taking more from "the wealthy or from Wall Street."
Trumka concluded by calling on Congress to enact a jobs bill and to raise the minimum wage. Notably, his statement lacked a direct call for Congress to reject the proposal. It is early, though, and presumably the AFL-CIO still hopes to get the budget deal amended to its liking.