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Across the Country, Americans Say ‘No’ to Republican Debt Ceiling Scheme

At more than 100 events across the country today, workers, students, seniors and health care, civil rights and faith activists are demanding a debt deal that protects seniors and the middle class while making sure the rich and corporations pay their fair share. 

Most of the actions are taking place at the hometown offices of Republican representatives and senators who are proving—as the nation races to a default deadline—that they are willing to wreck our economy by refusing to compromise. These lawmakers insist on their radical plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class by slashing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while giving tax breaks to millionaires, hedge fund managers and big corporations. 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says, “Republican elected leaders are acting like dictators—putting their political interests before the good of the country.”

They’re willing to throw working families and the working poor overboard just to preserve tax cuts for billionaires and hedge fund managers.  With over 14 million Americans out of work we need Congress to focus on job creation. And massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will only hurt any effort to rebuild our economy.

“Main Street,” says AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, “has had enough. Republican leaders need to get their priorities straight.”

They appear willing to throw the economy back into a tail spin and deny Social Security checks to seniors, benefits to veterans and care to sick children—all to save face with their corporate donors.   

Forty-five years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. But Republicans want to preserve tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy and they are ready to slash the program that Alliance for Retired Americans President Barbara Easterling calls:

one of America’s greatest success stories, helping generations of seniors afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription.

Today’s action are a continuation of weeks of mobilization by a coalition of groups that has generated hundreds of thousands of e-mails and phone calls and more than 1,000 on the ground events to prevent a debt ceiling deal that slashes Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while giving tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations.

The coalition includes the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, HCAN,, NEA, Protect Your Care, SEIU and USAction.

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