These lame duck negotiations are a dangerous minefield for progressives.
Senate Democrats' commitment to letting the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire seems to be strengthening -- thanks to the work over 53,000 progressives did to pressure wavering members of Congress.
But rumors are swirling in D.C. that Republicans might be willing to deal on tax rates for the wealthy -- if Democrats agree to benefit cuts from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
That isn't a compromise; It's a complete surrender of the middle class. We need to act now to make sure Democrats walk away from any deal that cuts these crucial benefits.
The first step is finding out where each senator stands. So members of Progressives United are joining with our friends at MoveOn.org and other progressive partners to get senators on the record: Will they stand against cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits?
You can join the fight by using our easy, one-step tool to call your senator. Ask if he or she will reject any deal that cuts benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Then, report back what you hear.
Making a call is a quick way to make a huge impact: The information we get from our members will be featured on a public website showing exactly where each Democratic senator stands and will become the basis of our grassroots pressure efforts.
Republicans and their corporate special interest allies are preparing to make a furious push to cut these crucial benefits. Not only are they an absolutely essential protection for working families, but cutting those benefits is precisely the wrong approach to addressing our long-term debt problem in a sustainable way. If we don't make a push for our values, Democrats may think they have no choice but to back a bad deal that will hurt families, and do nothing to solve our debt problem.
We need to get every single Democratic senator on the record. It's a big project.
But by acting together, we have the power to prevent a devastating deal. What's more, calling is easy, and it only takes a minute.