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N.H. Activists Urge Bass, Guinta to Keep Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Off Lame-Duck Chopping Block

Photo by Nora Frederickson

New Hampshire Reps. Charles Bass (R) and Frank Guinta (R) have toed the line of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his extreme tea party-influenced agenda, with attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and continued tax cuts for the rich.

With Bass’ and Guinta’s record on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Bush tax cuts in mind, yesterday several dozen union and community activists delivered “Middle Class Survival Kits” to their district offices in Manchester and Nashua.

No matter the outcome of the election, the pair will return to Congress for a “lame-duck” session where those issues will be front and center as Congress confronts the automatic budget cuts—known as sequestration—set to go onto effect because of Republicans’ refusal to allow the Bush budget cuts for the wealthy to expire as part of a deficit reduction agreement.

The survival kits included a “Do It Yourself Retirement Guide” for seniors with the official "Guide to Finding a Job in your 70s, 80s and Beyond,” along with several tins of cat food as part of a nutrition plan, duct tape to “keep body and soul together" and several other useful items.

The group also delivered a petition to Bass and Guinta urging them to oppose "any attempts to sacrifice Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the lame-duck session."   

The choice should be clear. President Bush’s tax giveaways for the richest 2% didn’t create any jobs and were an outrageous waste of money.

If you are a Granite State voter, please sign the New Hampshire AFL-CIO petition.

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