POLITICS
10/13/2011 03:50 pm ET Updated Dec 13, 2011

AFSCME To Run Ads In Support Of American Jobs Act

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's largest labor unions, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, will begin the airing an advertisement in support of President Obama's "American Jobs Act" in congressional districts around the country.

The ad, entitled "Podium," urges residents of the selected districts to call their members of Congress and tell them to pass the president's jobs bill, which stalled after Senate Republicans, joined by two Democrats, on Tuesday voted against a procedural motion to begin debate on the bill.

The White House, pointing to public opinion polls showing wide support for the bill's individual provisions, has pledged to push the bill in increments. Since 51 Senate Democrats already favor the legislation, the administration is hoping that individual votes on specific items (for example, pay roll tax cuts and infrastructure investments) could win over the necessary number of Republicans.

AFSCME doesn't differentiate between passing the full bill or its individual parts in its new ad campaign.

"Despite this week's vote in the Senate, millions of American are still out of work, the middle class is still under attack, and the corporate-backed polititicans don't have a plan to create jobs," said AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in a press release. "Americans are reclaiming their voice in a Main Street Movement that spans from Madison to Columbus to New York to cities across the nation. Washington can help them by passing the American Jobs Act now."

The ad will air in 10 media markets across the country and will include a separate radio advertisement to run in select states. The ad will target vulnerable Republican incumbents such as Lou Barletta (Pa.), Sean Duffy, (Wis.), Allen West (Fla.), Chip Cravaak (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa), and Bill Johnson (Ohio).