While working families are resting after an exhausting election cycle, working people and union members are continuing to mobilize. Before the end of the year, Congress will meet in a "lame-duck" session and tackle numerous issues that could have powerful effects on the lives of middle-class Americans. Some politicians and Wall Street executives want a “grand bargain” that could cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, all to give tax cuts to the wealthiest people. Working families won't stand for these proposals and have organized events all across the country to let politicians know that tax cuts for the wealthy and cuts to the social safety net are not acceptable.
Yesterday, Arizona seniors, students and workers gathered at Rep. Ron Barber’s (D-Ariz.) office in Tucson to thank him for his commitment to defend Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid when he returns to Washington, D.C., for the “lame-duck” session. Pima County residents shared personal stories about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and stressed the importance of protecting them from benefit cuts.
The Wednesday event at Barber’s office is one of many similar events that working families will hold across the country today to address the budget showdown Congress will face during the lame-duck session for a national day of action.