New TV ad Hits Airwaves in 4 US House Districts: Republicans in Congress Recklessly Risking Default

July 21, 2011

New TV ad Hits Airwaves in 4 U.S. House Districts: Republicans in Congress are Recklessly Risking Defaulting on Our Nation’s Debt and Driving The Economy Off The Cliff

Ad: U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (WI-7), Dave Camp (MI-4), Chip Cravaack (MN-8), Richard Hanna (NY-24) Are Willing to Risk American Jobs to Protect Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Big Oil Companies and Corporate Jets


Click Below to View Each Version of “RECKLESS” Airing in the Following Media Markets Starting Today :

Duffy (R-WI-7) – Wausau, WI :

Camp (R-MI-4) – Traverse City, MI :

Cravaack (R-MN-8) – Duluth, MN :
Hanna (R-NY-24) – Syracuse, NY :

Washington DC – The clock is running out. With the August 2 deadline fast approaching for Congress to avoid defaulting on the nation’s debt obligations, which the business and economic communities warn could lead to another Great Recession and cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their jobs, a new TV ad begins airing today in the districts of U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (R-WI-7), Dave Camp (MI-4), Chip Cravaack (MN-8), and Richard Hanna (NY-24), urging them to stop risking the American economy to protect big oil subsidies and tax breaks for millionaires, corporate jets, and companies that ship jobs overseas.  See script below for “Reckless,” an effort sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Americans United for Change.


Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU): "These Partisan extremists seem willing to drive our economy right off a cliff unless they can enact their job-killing cut and gut economic policies. Congress should be focused on creating jobs, not finding ways slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Working families will not forget those who step forward for a balanced approach and those who wish to sacrifice the American Dream to satisfy an ideological agenda."


Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “These Republicans are all playing a dangerous game of chicken with the economy by threatening to let the nation default on its debt obligations – and they’re risking it all for no other reason but to protect tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil, hedge fund managers, and companies that outsource U.S. jobs.  The consequences of failing to act can not be overstated.  The business, economic and financial communities warn that default could crash our economy, burn hundreds of thousands of jobs and, ironically, would mean hundreds of billions of dollars in new debt because it would permanently spike interest rates.  The government warns it would have to immediately cease sending out Social Security checks and other benefits that our seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities are counting on.  This is not a game.  If Republicans in Congress were really serious about getting the nation’s fiscal house in order, they would stop threatening to derail the economy and explode the nation’s debt by defaulting -- and they would start voting to end wasteful subsidies to big oil and close corporate tax loopholes.”


In addition to the TV ad effort, SEIU will run video pre-roll ads on local news Web sites as well as geo-targeted video ads on Google's network in Sean Duffy's district.   SEIU will also run Facebook ads targeting fans of all four representatives and Democrats in their districts.




SCRIPT: “Reckless” :30


Congressman ______ and the Republicans in Congress are driving us toward the edge of the cliff.


Recklessly risking default.


Recklessly risking jobs and the American economy.


They’re willing to risk it all to protect the tax breaks of millionaires, oil companies and CEOs who fly around in corporate jets.   Even if the rest of us crash and burn. 


Tell Congressman _____  -- Don’t drive America’s economy off a cliff.


Paid for by SEIU and Americans United for Change


CONSEQUENCES OF DEFAULTING ON NATION’S DEBT:  “Dangerous Gamble,” “higher federal debt,” “Could Blow Up the Economy,” “possible collapse in equity prices, bank failures and a severe depression”