Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tell Congress: No backdoor cuts to Social Security. Reject the Social Security Commission Act of 2017.

The petition to Congress reads:
“Social Security is not a hostage or a bargaining chip. Reject H.R. 3423, the Social Security Commission Act of 2017, and remove Social Security from the upcoming debt ceiling debate.”
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Sign the petition: Stop the latest sneak attack on Social Security.
A handful of conservative Democrats in Congress are teaming up with right-wing Republicans to sneak through legislation that would slash our Social Security benefits.
Worse, they are effectively taking Social Security hostage by attaching the scheme to a routine debt ceiling increase that must be signed into law by the end of September to prevent the U.S. government from defaulting on its debts.1
A final deal could be struck any day now that would lead to devastating cuts to Social Security benefits. We need to fight back now to make sure Congress knows that this or any other attack on Social Security benefits is unacceptable.
The Social Security Commission Act of 2017 would establish a 13-member commission, made up of seven Republicans and six Democrats, tasked with developing a proposal for ensuring Social Security’s solvency for the next 75 years. Congressional leaders would then fast-track the commission’s proposal without amendments, with limited debate and with only a simple majority’s approval in the Senate.2 The purpose of this sham commission is to justify and jam through cuts to Social Security benefits.
During the Obama administration, Republicans in Congress began the dangerous practice of holding the country’s credit rating hostage while demanding cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Even now, with one of their own in the White House, they are planning to do it again – and some conservative Democrats like Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) are helping them do it.
Not surprisingly, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which includes such anti-Social Security stalwarts as Pete Peterson, the Wall Street billionaire who built the Social Security lie machine, as well as Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the notorious co-chairs of the “Bowles-Simpson” commission to cut Social Security, supports this attack on Social Security.
We will not stand by while conservatives in Washington and on Wall Street take Social Security hostage. That’s why we’re joining our friends at Social Security Works to fight back against this dangerous proposal to fast-track slashing Social Security benefits before it is too late.
Tell Congress: No backdoor cuts to Social Security. Reject the Social Security Commission Act of 2017. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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  1. Bob Bryan, "Congress has 12 working days to avoid an economic disaster — and there's good reason to panic," Business Insider, Aug. 13, 2017.
  2. Rep. John Delaney, Text: H.R.3423 — 115th Congress (2017-2018), introduced July 26, 2017.

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