What do we do now?

At today’s demo at the Federal Building we discussed rethinking our strategy in light of current events.

  1. Obama still keeps mentioning “entitlement reform,” meaning modification to Social Security and Medicare by changing the COLA formula (chain weighted CPI) or raising the age of eligibility again.
  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to strengthen Social Security by making the wealthiest Americans pay the same payroll tax that nearly everyone else already pays.  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced the companion bill in the House. He joined Sanders at a news conference in the Capitol to discuss their bill to bolster Social Security without raising the retirement age or lowering benefits.
  3. More than 30 members of Congress have pledged to vote against any deal that includes cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits.
  4. On Wednesday March 13th the Congressional Progressive Caucus will release its  “Back to Work Budget” which creates jobs, taxes wealthy individuals, plugs corporate tax loopholes, cuts the Pentagon budget to 2006 levels, and saves healthcare costs.

Where do Rep. Louise Slaughter and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand stand on these issues?

We need to educate the public about these issues and impress upon our congressional representatives how important these proposals are.

Join the discussion about what we do next.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *