President Obama invites labor to the White House; Labor leaders experience heartburn over tax deal

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After getting the major tax deal passed in the House on Thursday night, the president will sign the bill today and will hand Republicans their first full-fledged victory, before they’re even sworn in as the majority party in Congress. But, even as the president prepares to sign the legislation, he’s hosting labor leaders at the White House, leaders who have expressed disappointment over the deal and the White House’s handling of the law.

On the heels of the late-night Thursday vote, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka released a statement slamming Republicans and the deal.”Senate Republicans have shown themselves to be morally bankrupt hypocrites,” Trumka said. “This is a huge relief for the more than 1.4 million long-term job seekers…But this deal comes at a terrible price.”

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