Back in January, House Speaker John Boehner was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article claiming Republicans have leverage in the fiscal showdown fight because they're willing to use sequester cuts to extract massive concessions in the form of cuts to vital lifelines, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The Journal's Stephen Moore writes:
That leverage, he [Boehner] reasons, is what will force Democrats to the table on entitlements. "Think of it this way. We already have an agreement [capping] discretionary spending for 10 years. And we're already in our second year of it. This whole discussion on the budget over the next several months is going to be about these entitlements."
Now that we're 100% clear where Republicans stand on the sequester (Boehner, Rep. Eric Cantor [R-Va.] and Rep. Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] all voted for it), it's time everyone heard what America's workers say. It's pretty simple. Working families do not want benefits cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid but want the sequester repealed. Period. If Republicans really want a dollar for dollar match for the sequester, they can embrace Sen. Harry Reid's sequester replacement bill that would raise nearly $54 billion in taxes by implementing the Buffett Rule, setting a minimum effective tax rate for wealthy individuals and families. It also would raise revenues by ending the deductibility of moving expenses when corporations send jobs overseas.”
Working families across the United States are taking action today and in the upcoming weeks asking their elected representatives to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts, repeal the sequester and close tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest 2%.