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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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You'll Never Guess What's in the Latest Republican Ransom Note

You'll Never Guess What's in the Latest Republican Ransom Note

letter from 51 Republican House members to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) makes Social Security cuts the latest ransom demand of the Republican hostage-takers in Congress. This may be unwelcome news to the many tea party Republicans who depend on Social Security benefits.

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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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Progressives and Working Families Rally Against 'Chained' CPI and Other Safety Net Cuts

While the country remains shut down because of irresponsible Republican hostage-taking, progressive members of Congress and working families are looking ahead to fight against any proposed grand "bargain" that would include benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus spoke Thursday before working families and allies, specifically rejecting any such cuts.

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Working Families Take to Capitol Hill to Protect Social Security from Cuts

Image via the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Working families activists led by the Alliance for Retired Americans and Congressional Progressive Caucus are taking their message to Capitol Hill today in a Human Chain Against "Chained" CPI rally, telling Congress it is absolutely unacceptable to cut Social Security benefits.

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Be a Link in a Chain Against 'Chained' CPI

Alliance for Retired Americans photo

If you are in the Washington, D.C., area Thursday, come join hands with members of the Alliance for Retired Americans and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a Human Chain Against "Chained" CPI on Capitol Hill.  

The action kicks off at 10 a.m. EDT on the House Triangle of the U.S. Capitol. Click here for a map and to RSVP.

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New House Bill Strengthens Social Security Benefits

Photo coutesy of the National Committee to Preseve Social Security and Medicare

While there’s a move—led by Republican lawmakers but with support from some Democrats—to cut Social Security benefits through a so-called “chained" CPI and raise the retirement age, a bill introduced in the House this week goes in the other direction: it strengthens Social Security benefits.

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AFL-CIO Commits to Reforming Bankruptcy Laws and Ensuring Retirement Security for All

Young activist attends Patriot Coal rally.

Bankruptcy laws are rigged against working people. Employers, corporations and lenders often exploit these laws to weaken our retirement security, cut health care and leave young workers saddled with student loan debt, without the prospect of a good job or the ability to discharge the debt through bankruptcy. 

Today, the AFL-CIO passed a convention resolution addressing the need to reform our country's bankruptcy laws to better shield workers from harm in the form of broken pension and health care promises and to diminish economic hardship that comes from these bankruptcies. 

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has released a lot of important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces it uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Most Working Families Say Strengthen, Don’t Cut, Social Security

On today’s 78th anniversary of Social Securitya new survey (see video) from the National Academy of Social Insurance finds that most of America's workers support increasing benefits, protecting benefits against inflation and lifting the Social Security tax cap so that wealthy people pay their fair share as working families do now.

You can add your voice to the call to strengthen, not cut, Social Security by signing this petition from the Alliance for Retired Americans.

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