Yesterday's Washington Post headline says everything you need to know:
"In debt talks, Obama offers Social Security cuts"
We, as Democrats, must stand firm against any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits. Period.
So I'm introducing a Senate resolution to tell the President and congressional budget negotiators on both sides of the aisle in unambiguous terms: Cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits should be off the table.
We must unequivocally reject any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits. Click here to be a citizen co-sponsor of my resolution.
If Democrats can't unite to defend these hugely popular and successful programs -- and unequivocally reject Republican plans to dismantle them -- what do we stand for?
We have to hold the line. We can't keep moving the goalposts.
Cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits is bad policy when so many people are still struggling in this tough economy.
So White House negotiators need to know that they may not get the Democratic votes they need to pass a final budget deal if they slash benefits for Social Security and Medicare. They should not assume Democrats in the House and Senate will just bite the bullet and accept whatever eleventh hour deal they reach with Republicans.
I can only hope that, as one administration official has stated, yesterday's Washington Post story covering the budget negotiations "overshoots the runway" and that the White House isn't seriously considering these cuts.
But until we come together, as Democrats, to declare that cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits should be totally off the table, we must continue to apply pressure upon all those involved in the budget negotiations, including President Obama.
To become a citizen co-sponsor of my resolution today, and unequivocally reject any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits, click here.
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