Support for "No Cuts" Pledge Growing Rapidly.

February 22, 2013

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February 22, 2013

Support for “No Cuts” Pledge Growing Rapidly

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) has pledged to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and he is urging his colleagues to stand with him. In a letter to President Obama, Grayson says he will oppose all efforts to slash benefits, raise the retirement age, or cut cost of living adjustments.

Look, I think it’s time we draw a line in the sand and say no,” Grayson explained. “No cuts. Period. There is absolutely no reason Congress should tear the social safety net protecting our nation’s most vulnerable individuals, especially while Republicans refuse to ask giant corporations and the mega-rich to pay their fair share. We should not be talking about cutting programs like Social Security; we should be talking about expanding them.”

Grayson’s pledge in the letter, and at, comes on the heels of the unmasking of the “Campaign to Fix the Debt.”  The right-wing propaganda, which dovetails off of a new plan by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, uses the looming sequester and national debt as justification to gut entitlements.  The Nation describes Fix the Debt as “a fearmongering campaign to convince Americans that the deficits the United States has run throughout its history have suddenly metastasized into ‘a cancer that will destroy this country from within.’”

“Both the new Simpson-Bowles plan and the so-called ‘Fix the Debt’ plan treat seniors as the enemy.  Seniors are not the enemy.  The enemies of seniors are the enemy,” Grayson said.

Twenty-one Members of Congress have signed on to Grayson’s letter, promising to fight for the benefits their constituents earned and need.  Current signers include Reps. Brown, Cartwright, Conyers, DeFazio, Ellison, Faleomavaega, Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hastings, Kaptur, Lee, McGovern, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Serrano, Takano, Velazquez and Waters.

Grayson’s letter has also earned the endorsement of many groups fighting for middle-class Americans, including: Social Security Works, The National Nurses United, Democracy for America, Credo Action, Civic Action, Bold Progressives, the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America, Working Families Party, Rebuild the Dream, Progressives United, and United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Stand with Alan Grayson. Demand no cuts.