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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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Happy Birthday, Social Security! More Important Than Ever

Photo by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO

This week, we celebrate Social Security's 78th anniversary. There is a lot to celebrate. For nearly eight decades, Social Security has provided seniors with a secure retirement income and prevented retirees from falling into poverty. Social Security lifts more than 21 million Americans out of poverty, including over 14 million seniors. It is doing just what it was designed to do.

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Help Keep Social Security Strong on Its 78th Birthday

Help Keep Social Security Strong on Its 78th Birthday

Social Security turns 78 on Aug. 14 and you can join the celebration and help ensure Social Security stays strong for years to come by signing this petition from the Alliance for Retired Americans
Alliance Executive Director Edward C. Coyle says that thanks to Social Security, millions of seniors are able to pay their bills, buy groceries and maintain their independence. But proposals to cut those vital Social Security benefits through schemes such as “chained” CPI threaten seniors and others who rely on Social Security. 

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Trumka Says Wall St. Has Not Been Asked to Contribute a Dime in the Name of 'Shared Sacrifice,' Revenue Neutral Tax Reform Is 'Offensive'

Photo by Kevin Dooley/Flickr

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called on corporate America today to pay its fair share, saying, "At a time when the 1% have demanded so much sacrifice from working people in the name of deficit reduction, we must ask something of big corporations. That means “revenue positive” corporate tax reform that raises significant amounts of new tax revenue."

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