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AFL-CIO Opposes SS, Medicare Cuts

Saturday, 29 Oct 2011 12:35 PM

By Gary Cohen

The nation's largest labor group is standing firm against any cuts to Social Security and Medicare and any reduction in the federal contribution to Medicaid.

afl-cio supercommittee democratsIn a statement yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said his federation will oppose any such cuts, according to The Hill.

Trumka is angry that six Democrats on the super committee offered a proposal which would cut deficits by $3 trillion partly by slicing Social Security and Medicare benefits.

"These 'super committee' Democrats have put all their concessions on the table up front in the vain hope that the Republicans might reciprocate," Trumka said in his statement on the AFL-CIO website.

"But it doesn't work that way. In this political climate, concessions beget more concessions - not a workable compromise," added Trumka.

He says those proposed cuts are part of the reason why people across the United States "are raising their voices in protest because they're fed up with a system that is stacked in favor of the richest one percent of Americans - at the expense of the other 99 percent of us."

"The politicians insisting that the only workable solution to their fabricated crisis involves deep cuts to middle-class benefits must not get out into Main Street America enough. If they had, they would see that the middle class has already given up too much, while Wall Street and the wealthiest Americans have done all the taking."

"We call on politicians of both parties to stand firm and demand that Wall Street and the wealthy finally pay their fair share given the extraordinary increases in corporate profits and income inequality in recent years. This is the moment we need to raise our voices to let Congress know that we will not stand for dismantling the safety net or letting Wall Street and the wealthiest Americans off the hook," his statement goes on to say.

The bi-partisan congressional panel has the task of coming up with more than $1 trillion in federal spending cuts over the next ten years and is up against a late November deadline to do so.

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