This week, as the House and Senate began major budget negotiations, PCCC co-founder Adam Green spoke at a briefing at the U.S. Senate.
We announced that the PCCC, AFL-CIO, National Organization For Women, Latinos For a Secure Retirement, and over two dozen other progressive allies released an open letter with a clear message to Congress: Expand Social Security benefits, don't cut them.
Can you add your name as a citizen supporter of this letter, so congressional offices see the broad public support? Sign on the right.
With corporations cutting pensions that were promised to workers, Americans rely on Social Security now more than ever.
We support increasing Social Security benefits. Therefore, in upcoming budget negotiations, a Grand Bargain that cuts Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits must be off the table.
Recent polls show that expanding Social Security benefits is overwhelmingly popular in states as diverse as Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, Iowa, and Hawaii.
By ensuring that the wealthy pay the same rate as everyone else into Social Security, we can increase benefits and extend the program's solvency beyond its current $2 trillion surplus.
In the future, separate from budget discussions, Congress should debate expanding Social Security.
In current budget negotiations, Congress should focus on important priorities such as jobs and investment in our nation's infrastructure.
Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
Terry O'Neill, NOW
Eva Dominguez, Latinos for a Secure Retirement
Anna Galland, MoveOn.org Civic Action
Jim Dean, Democracy for America
Alex Lawson, Social Security Works
Becky Bond, CREDO Action
Edward F. Coyle, Alliance for Retired Americans
Cole Lestra, Progressives United
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future
Fred Azcarate, USAction
Miles Rapoport, Demos
Dan Cantor, Working Families
Shane Larson, Communication Workers of America
Linda Sherry, Consumer Action
Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America
Angelo McClain, National Association of Social Workers
Paul Nathanson, National Senior Citizens Law Center
Don Kusler, Americans for Democratic Action
Matt Biggs, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers
Gordon Deane, National Association of Legal Service Workers
Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
Michael Petit, Every Child Matters
Ryane Ridenour, Generational Alliance
Brian Lamberta, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
Phuong Do, Southeast Asia Resource Center
Bobbie Brinegar, OWL: The Voices of Midlife and Older Women
Jan BenDor, Gray Panthers
Alexandra Bennewith, United Spinal Association
Connie Garner, United Cerebral Palsy