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Working Families Light the Night with a Simple Message: 'No Benefit Cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid'

Photo courtesy of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.

Working people across the United States in more than 100 events last night called on their representatives to reject benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to stop tax giveaways for the richest 2%. 

View photos from events around the country on the AFL-CIO Facebook page

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Congressional Connection Poll Joins List of Surveys Showing Public Opposes Benefit Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

Photo courtesy Progress Ohio

In the latest edition of the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, the majority of respondents said they oppose benefit cuts to Medicare and Social Security. An overwhelming 79% said that they wanted no cuts to Medicare at all. Only 17% said they favored some cuts; only 3% said they favored significant cuts. The numbers were similar for Social Security.

The survey polled 1,003 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 points. 

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More Than 100,000 People Tell Macy's CEO: 'No Benefit Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid'

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More than 100,000 American consumers signed a petition asking Macy's Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren to drop out of the "Fix the Debt" Coalition. Fix the Debt portrays itself as dedicated to lowering the national debt, when the reality is that it is lobbying to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and give more tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%. The consumers are part of Progressive Congress, the nonprofit foundation of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CREDO, a progressive activist organization.

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Light a Candle and Tell Congress No Benefit Cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Light a Candle and Tell Congress No Benefit Cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Working families across the country are participating in Candlelight Campaign today to urge Congress to end tax cuts for the richest 2% and to say "no" to benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The candlelight rallies, town halls, vigils and other events are coinciding with International Human Rights Day.

If you cannot attend an event, light a virtual candle in solidarity

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Budget Showdown: Working People Are Calling Congress Today

Visit for all the information you need on the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress. 

No more tax breaks for the wealthiest 2%. No benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These are the two messages members of Congress are hearing today as seniors and working people of all ages are calling their representatives in Washington, D.C., about the upcoming budget showdown. 


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Boehner, Listen to the Voters—and Save Your Party

Listen to the Voters—and Save Yourselves

This is an excerpt from Listen to the Voters—and Save Yourselves, by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. 

It's time for House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican leadership to stop holding America's middle class hostage and instead join Democrats in saying "No" to another tax cut for the rich.

That's what voters asked for, loud and clear.

Read the rest on The Huffington Post

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A Mandate, Mr. Speaker? Really?

“Winning” in a democracy is assumed to mean that you won more votes than the other candidate or party. And so, when Speaker John Boehner writes an open letter to the president calling 2012 “a status quo election in which both you and the Republican majority in the House were re-elected,” you might reasonably guess that Republicans in the House of Representatives won more votes than Democrats.

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Republican Budget Proposal Offers Nothing New

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Republican congressional leaders offered their budget counter-proposal Monday in response to President Obama's proposal, but it does little more than rehash previous offers that were clearly rejected by the voters in November's election.

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Nurses Say, 'Don't Push Seniors Off the Cliff'

Photo courtesy of NNU.

Nurses and members of National Nurses United (NNU) know that if Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, people they care for every day will be hurt. This is why across the United States and in Washington, D.C., NNU is running bus ads as part of a national campaign telling Congress not to push seniors off of the so-called "fiscal cliff."

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Solutions: What Congress Should Do During the Lame-Duck Session

Photo of Jacob Hacker courtesy House Committee on Education and the Workforce Dem

We have five weeks to tell Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% expire and reject any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Visit for all the information you need on the upcoming budget showdown. 

As Congress deliberates during the "lame-duck" session, benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are being targeted for cuts. Some say benefit cuts are necessary because we face a debt crisis, but working families and their allies strongly reject such claims. It is true that we face a projected budget imbalance over the long term, but the answer is to tackle the real reasons for this imbalance and not use deficits as an excuse to pursue unrelated agendas.  Here are a few specific AFL-CIO suggestions that would tackle the true causes of this problem without cutting benefits.

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