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Thursday, July 03, 2003


Statement by Governor Howard Dean on Bush’s Failed Economic Policies

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From the Dean Campaign...
July 3, 2003

Statement by Governor Howard Dean on Bush’s Failed Economic Policies

DAVENPORT, IA--While campaigning in Iowa today, Governor Howard Dean, M.D., released the following statement on today's economic: "Today's economic news provides further evidence that America's working families are under siege-by the Bush administration and by the worsening economy.

"New unemployment figures show that more Americans are unemployed than at any time since the end of the last Bush recession. For the first time since Herbert Hoover, there may be fewer Americans with jobs at the end of a Presidency than at the beginning.

"The Bush administration's economic policies give with one hand and take away with the other: While giving enormous tax cuts to those who need it least, they're taking away protections for workers who need it most.

"In the midst of an economic recession hitting hardest at America's working families, the President should not be trying to take away basic protections for workers that have been in place since Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal.

"I call on the Bush administration to end its efforts to take away from eight million middle class workers the protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act-a 40 hour work week and overtime pay.

"For the millions of Americans without a job, the millions who may lose overtime and worker protections, and the millions more who have stopped looking for work, today's headlines only confirm the reality they know all too well-George Bush's economic policies are failing America's working families."

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