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Obama Budget ‘Good Starting Point’ to Address Income Inequality

President Barack Obama today unveiled his fiscal year 2015 budget, which he says is “about choices, it’s about our values.” Making a down payment on his State of the Union address message that economic inequality is the greatest challenge of our time, he says:

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A Touch of Irony: Anti-Debt Group Saddled with Red Ink

My Mom always said you shouldn’t take joy in other people’s misfortune. But sorry, Mom, I am getting a little kick out of the reported financial misfortune of a group boasting bloodlines that trace back to the “Grand Bargainers” Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles.

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The 13 Most Popular AFL-CIO Now Blog Posts of 2013

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In case you missed some, here are the 13 most popular (highest traffic) blog posts on the AFL-CIO Now blog this year. 

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Hey, Congress, Cut It Out

Hey, Congress, Cut It Out

We need a budget that helps, not hurts, working people, protects Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts, invests in our infrastructure and creates jobs by raising revenue from Wall Street and the wealthiest 1%. Repealing tax subsidies for sending jobs overseas, for example, would generate $583 billion over 10 years.

Take the pledge to call your elected representatives on Dec. 12 and demand a budget deal for working families.

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What Did 700,000 People Tell Paul Ryan on Wednesday?

What Did 700,000 People Tell Paul Ryan on Wednesday?

On Wednesday afternoon, several retirees and working family activists visited Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) office to deliver more than 708,000 signatures on a petition to the House Budget Committee chair, telling him there should be "no grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits." Ryan was not present and his staffers would not allow those with cameras into the office. Instead, a staffer came out into the hallway and accepted the petitions.

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Time's Running Out for Congress to Act on Vital Issues

Time's Running Out for Congress to Act on Vital Issues

With the end of the legislative session looming, here’s a look at some of the key working family issues still on the congressional agenda. See the issues after the jump.

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ICYMI: AFL-CIO's Damon Silvers Makes It Clear That Safety Net Cuts are Wrong and Working Families Will Fight Them

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Last week, AFL-CIO Policy Director and Special Counsel Damon Silvers made it clear the country's largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO, opposes any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He said these cuts would harm seniors and that the motivations of those who favor the cuts are suspect, at best.

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After the Insanity—Can the Coalition of the Sane Stay Unified or Will Greed Divide Us?

After the Insanity—Can the Coalition of the Sane Stay Unified or Will Greed Divide Us?

So we seem to be returning to sanity in Washington—the House Republicans agreed to allow our government—the people who inspect our food and forecast the weather, guard our national treasures and calculate our economic statistics—to do its job. And the Republicans have decided that, after all, it is important we honor our commitments—to those who lend us money, to those who served our country and to those who merely worked for a lifetime and paid into Social Security, expecting the promise their country made to them would be kept.

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Shutdown Shut Down

Shutdown Shut Down

After 16 days of a government shutdown that kept vital services behind locked doors for the public, paychecks out of the pockets of hundreds of thousands of federal workers and pushed the economy to the brink of disaster, the Republican government shutdown ended last night when the Senate (81–18) and House (285–144) passed, and President Barack Obama signed, a bill to fund and reopen the government and raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

While it is good news that we have avoided a crisis, we all know that it should never have happened.  No party or faction inside a party should hold our economy hostage to extract political gains.  

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6 Ways the Grand 'Bargain' Could Hurt People Through Social Security and Medicare Benefit Cuts

6 Ways the Grand 'Bargain' Could Hurt People Through Social Security and Medicare Benefit Cuts

Since the House Republicans have taken America's families hostage in the government shutdown, it's starting to become clear what the end game is: cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits for everyday people in a "grand bargain" that's not so grand for the 99%. 

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