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Working Families Travel to Washington to Fight Against Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Photo of a lame duck event in Vienna, VA.

We have five weeks to tell Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% expire and reject any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Visit www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture for all the information you need on the upcoming budget showdown. 

Advocates for working families from 33 states are in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27 and 28 to ask members of Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% expire and to reject cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Local AFL-CIO leaders will be joined by hundreds of advocates from other labor and progressive organizations.

"We just had an election in which one candidate proposed to lower tax rates for the richest 2% of Americans and cut benefits for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. He lost. We ask you to respect the will of the voters and promise to (1) let Bush tax rates for the richest 2% of Americans expire in December and (2) oppose benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a letter to members of Congress. "There is no urgent debt crisis that requires us to make bad decisions. Interest rates have seldom been lower and markets around the world are signaling more confidence in the U.S. dollar than in any other currency."

On Nov. 8, more than 100 events were held across the country directly targeting members of Congress. Retirees, activists and members of progressive and faith communities gathered outside Congress members’ offices, health clinics, Social Security offices, construction sites and other community locations. Additional activities are planned throughout November and December. Trumka advocated for a better solution to the fiscal obstacle course facing Congress:

"There is a simple way to resolve the budget standoff in the lame duck session of Congress. Letting Bush tax rates for the wealthy expire would save about $1 trillion over 10 years. Congress should use those savings to cancel across-the-board budget cuts scheduled for January. Then we can turn to solving the most urgent problems facing our country: putting America back to work and raising wages."

Follow the Capitol Hill action tomorrow on Twitter using the hashtag #protectourfuture and by following the @AFLCIO for updates. Working families will be tweeting and providing updates on their visits with their representatives. 

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