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  • Don’t Close Social Security Offices

    The Social Security Administration has lost its mind. They’re about to close dozens of field offices. But don’t worry, they say. Seniors will use their smartphones or laptops if they need help

    The SSA may think they’ve got a great money saving idea, but this could be disaster for seniors with vision problems or arthritis, or those who can’t afford a computer.

    Social Security is a great system, but it’s often complex. While many seniors are expert computer users, others will struggle.

    Our parents and grandparents deserve to have a human face to guide them. They’ve done too much for us to be abandoned now.

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  • Renew Funding For the Highway Trust

    Please read the letter below and add your signature using the form that follows.

  • Support the S.A.M.E. Act

    Our Social Security system is one of the most popular programs we've built as Americans. The reason it is universally beloved is that its benefits are also universal. No matter who you are, or where you come from, Social Security is there for everyone in retirement, or for their children and spouse in the event of death.

    There's just one problem: Some states don't recognize every marriage. That's why Senator Patty Murray and Senator Mark Udall have introduced the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act of 2014.

    The Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (Or SAME Act) will ensure survivor benefits to any legally married persons regardless of their state of residence or their marriage ceremony location. Current law restricts survivor benefits based on their legal marital status in the state they live in, unfairly excluding LGBT citizens living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.

    Old-Age Insurance is the most well-known aspect of the Social Security Act, but the Act is intended to protect citizens at any time of incapacitation. The Social Security Survivors Insurance program extends assistance to an eligible family member, often a widow or child, in the event that a worker dies.

    Citizens work hard for Social Security benefits with the expectation that they are achieving long-term financial stability not only for themselves, but for their entire family. The death of a spouse is an emotionally straining time, and retirement insecurity should never add to their burden.

    This change should be a no-brainer, but many members of Congress continue to oppose equal protection under the law for all married couples. Tell Congress: a marriage is a marriage, and our Social Security system belongs to all of us!

  • When Congress says they’re going to “simplify” Medicare, what do they really mean?

    Past experience tells us these are codewords designed to obscure cuts and compromises.

    Congressional committees recently held hearings on "simplifying" benefits. While details are still emerging, the proposals we know about are troubling:

    • Increase out-of-pocket health care costs for over 70% of people with Medicare.
    • Raise costs for home health services, with copays up to $150

    Join the Medicare Rights Center and Campaign for America's Future and demand Congress stop this charade and oppose any increases in out of pocket costs for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Education Loan Fairness

    Forty million Americans carry more than $1.2 trillion in student debt, far more than at any other point in history. This is not ordinary debt. They cannot discharge it through bankruptcy or reduce it with a settlement. They are forced to pay whether they can afford it or not, to the point where their Social Security checks can be garnished.

    Worse, it is high-interest debt, locked in at a rate far higher than they could get today on other types of loans. Yet they are prohibited from refinancing.  

    We urge the Congress to pass Sen. Elizabeth Warren's bill that allows education debt to be refinanced at current lower rates. This means fewer defaults, more money in people's pockets and a chance for many who have suffered through the Great Recession to get back on their feet.  Debt has prevented many from buying houses, starting businesses and sending their own kids to school. This is a simple, common-sense fix that everyone should support.

  • Enough Talk. Take Care of Our Veterans.

    "The simple truth is that with 2 million more veterans coming into the system in recent years there are many facilities within the VA that do not have the doctors, nurses and other personnel that they need to provide quality care in a timely way." - Senator Bernie Sanders

    Much of the problem at the VA is that there are too few doctors and nurses. This bill authorizes hiring more practitioners in the places they are needed.

    For doctors who commit to working for the VA, it provides scholarships and loan forgiveness. 

    Republican senators filibustered a similar bill last February. Let's hope they put our veteran's health over partisanship this time around.

  • Stop the Republican Medicaid Blockade

    GOP governors and legislators in 24 states are blocking Medicaid for more than 5 million Americans.

    They're leaving millions of residents' tax dollars on the table and they're leaving their neighbors for dead. Thousands will die every single year for lack of health insurance.

    Join Campaign for America's Future, SEIU, AFV and USAction to fight back and stop the Republican Medicaid Blockade.

  • Make Corporations Pay Their Share

    No one likes taxes, but few of us would be so foolish as to stop paying them.

    That is, unless you happen to be a corporation. Many don't pay any taxes at all. They stash profits overseas and hire teams of lawyers and accountants to wriggle out of paying their fair share.

    These schemes and loopholes cost the taxpayers billions. They were created by lobbyists and put into law by politicians who forgot who they work for.

    It's time Congress got a reminder who pays their salaries. Lobbyists for the banking industry and big business are pushing for two of their favorite loopholes to be expanded. We need your help to stop them.

    They're called the 'Active Financing Exception' and the 'CFC Look-Through Rule', but that's just jargon for "offshoring."

    We can't afford to let big corporations keep shifting profits and jobs offshore. Tell Congress to end these two tax loopholes once and for all.

  • Overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon

    The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down another outrageous ruling giving CEOs, billionaires and Big Business even more power to sway our elections.

    The ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission means the super-rich can dole out up to $5.9 million the limit had been $123,000 per election cycle to political candidates and parties.

    This wildly anti-democratic ruling compounds the court's 2010 Citizens United debacle, which permitted corporations to spend literally as much as they want trying to tilt elections toward candidates who will serve as their puppets.

  • Pass the Medicaid Expansion

    Your father doubles over in pain and you fear he’s having a heart attack. You rush him to the emergency room, only to be asked for proof of insurance – but you don’t have it.

    The hospital gives you three options: provide proof of insurance, withdraw cash from an ATM, or sign a lien on you house.  If this scenario sounds impossible to you, it’s not – it's the market solution when your state refuses to accept federal Medicaid dollars. Just ask Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia who proposed repealing the law requiring emergency rooms to provide care to the gravely ill.

    This is the best solution the Republican state legislatures have to the crisis in hospital finance caused by the coverage gap in the twenty-three states that have refused the Medicaid expansion. Most of the people who would benefit from the Medicaid expansion are employed in low wage or part time jobs.  Many are veterans.  

    The federal government pays 100% of the cost of an expansion for until 2017.  Then it is gradually reduced to 90%.  This should be an easy decision.

  • Reject the Ryan Budget

    Paul Ryan released his annual budget on April 1, and Americans are played the fools.

    Ryan protects tax breaks for the very rich and the big corporations. It contains $5.1 trillion in cuts, largely from programs that build the middle class and protect the most vulnerable.

    Medicare is privatized. Food stamps, college aid, support for schools, Head Start, child nutrition are savaged. And, of course, it repeals the Affordable Care Act and guts Medicaid.

    This budget will increase inequality and misery, while slowing growth and costing jobs. It should be an April Fool's joke, but it isn't. The vast majority of Republicans are lined up to vote for it.

    Voting against this isn't sufficient. Your member of Congress should condemn its values and priorities forcefully. Each should make himself or herself clear on where they stand. For protecting Medicare or for privatizing it? For making college more affordable, or preserving tax breaks for hedge fund billionaires?

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus Better Off Budget invests in America because the best way to reduce our long-term deficit is to put people back to work. In the first year, it will create nearly 9 million American jobs while increasing economic growth by 5.7%. It has a real jobs plan that repairs our roads and bridges, and puts teachers, cops and firefighters back to work.

    The Better Off Budget strengthens Medicare and Medicaid, and provides high quality, low-cost medical coverage to millions of Americans when they need it most.

    It's time we side with America's middle class and invest in their future.

  • Pass the Medicaid Expansion

    Your father doubles over in pain and you fear he’s having a heart attack. You rush him to the emergency room, only to be asked for proof of insurance – but you don’t have it.

    The hospital gives you three options: provide proof of insurance, withdraw cash from an ATM, or sign a lien on you house.

    If this scenario sounds impossible to you, it’s not – it's the market solution when your state refuses to accept federal Medicaid dollars. Just ask Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia who proposed repealing the law requiring emergency rooms to provide care to the gravely ill.

    No one should be turned away from an emergency room because they can’t afford to pay. This is the best solution the Republican state legislatures have to the crisis in hospital finance.

    Twenty-five states have refused to expand Medicaid though it would not cost them a dime. The solution to their dilemma is simple. Change course.

  • No More Job Killing Trade Agreements

    They're at it again.  Unelected bureaucrats are meeting behind closed doors making decisions that could cost tens of thousands of good jobs.

    It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We don’t know what’s in it, but we know who wrote it: Corporate lobbyists and representatives of countries that include repressive regimes with no concern for labor or environmental standards.

    We should have learned our lesson by now. Bad trade agreements create a race to the bottom which benefits only the multinationals. Now they want fast-track rules on a secretly negotiated treaty. The corporate lobbyists don’t want the public to have the chance to see what’s in this deal.

    As Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, ”they have to be secret because if the American people knew what was going on, they would be opposed.”

  • MSNBC: Correct Abby Huntsman’s false Social Security attacks

    MSNBC personality Abby Huntsman on Thursday, March 13, 2014, claimed that Social Security benefits needed to be cut in order to preserve them for future generations.

    That's not true, and we ask that MSNBC issue an on-air correction to Huntsman’s segment. We also ask that Richard Eskow and Richard Fowler be invited on “The Cycle” to refute her claims. Eskow and Fowler recently co-authored a rebuttal to Huntsman, "Dear Abby: An Open Letter to MSNBC’s Huntsman About Social Security," which was published this weekend on OurFuture.org and in The Huffington Post.

    In the segment on MSNBC's “The Cycle,” Huntsman misused average life expectancy data to convince viewers that Social Security is unsustainable. She claims that our choices are to either cut Social Security benefits by as much as 20 percent or raise the retirement age to 75, otherwise there will be “nothing left” for her generation.

    All of this is flat wrong. Today, Social Security can pay out 100 percent of promised benefits through 2033 and 75 percent of promised benefits through 2087. Furthermore, that 75 percent of promised benefits in 2033 would still be higher than benefits are today. The simplest solution to the problem Huntsman exaggerates is to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay into Social Security at the same rate as the rest of us.

    Huntsman is creating a phony “generational war” between young and old, simply repeating talking points ginned up by Wall Street billionaire think tanks.

    We demand that MSNBC issue an on-air correction to Huntsman’s false attacks on Social Security.

  • Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the CPC Budget

    For the better part of a decade, we've cut our budgets and tightened our belts. We've closed schools, fired teachers and taken food out of the mouths of hungry people.

    The Republicans (and some Democrats) said that it was necessary. They said austerity would work and we'd soon be back to growth and prosperity for all. It didn't.

    There is an alternative: The Congressional Progressive Caucus's "Better Off Budget."

    According to Rep Keith Ellison, "the Better Off Budget reverses harmful cuts that have hit working families the hardest starting with repealing across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester. It creates a fairer tax code so that low and middle-income families no longer pay more than they should while the world's biggest corporations benefit from unnecessary loopholes. Our budget reverses harmful pay freezes, expands benefits for federal retirees and strengthens federal health care and retirement programs Americans rely on."

    We're in a jobs crisis that isn't going away. Millions of hard-working American families are falling behind, and the richest 1 percent is taking home a bigger chunk of our nation's gains every year. Americans face a choice: we can either cut Medicare benefits to pay for more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, or we can close these tax loopholes to invest in jobs.

    We choose investment. The Back to Work Budget invests in America's future because the best way to reduce our long-term deficit is to put America back to work. In the first year alone, we create nearly 7 million American jobs and increase GDP by 5.7%. We reduce unemployment to near 5% in three years with a jobs plan that includes repairing our nation's roads and bridges, and putting the teachers, cops and firefighters who have borne the brunt of our economic downturn back to work. We reduce the deficit by $4.4 trillion by closing tax loopholes and asking the wealthy to pay a fair share. We repeal the arbitrary sequester and the Budget Control Act that are damaging the economy, and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, which provide high quality, low-cost medical coverage to millions of Americans when they need it most. This is what the country voted for in November. It's time we side with America's middle class and invest in their future.

  • Pass President Obama's Preschool for All Plan.

    President Obama has proposed a bold new plan to make sure more young children have access to preschool. But Congress has to act to make the plan a reality.

    It's a no-brainer. If you want to help ensure low-income children become happy, successful adults, the best move is to send them to preschool.

    Children who have attended preschool on average make more money as adults and build more stable families. They are more likely to go to college and are less likely to go to prison. They earn more money and are less likely to need government help when they grow up.

    The only reason this hasn't become law already is because we haven't spoken up and demanded politicians take action. We can change that. Our kids and our communities have waited too long.

  • Raise the Minimum Wage

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    Minimum wage workers are not just teenagers bagging groceries at the corner store. They're not all go-getters on the first rung of the ladder to the American dream. They are mostly women, disproportionately of color and in service industries where there's no way up or out.

    They're the men and women who hand you your change, clear off your tray and say “have a nice day” on your way out the door.

    They haven't had a raise in years. In fact, their pay has gone down because it's not indexed to inflation.

    Join The Nation and Campaign for America's Future in calling on Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act.

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  • No More Job Killing Trade Agreements

    They're at it again.  Unelected bureaucrats are meeting behind closed doors making decisions that could cost tens of thousands of good jobs.

    It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We don’t know what’s in it, but we know who wrote it: Corporate lobbyists and representatives of countries that include repressive regimes with no concern for labor or environmental standards.

    We should have learned our lesson by now. Bad trade agreements create a race to the bottom which benefits only the multinationals. Now they want fast-track rules on a secretly negotiated treaty. The corporate lobbyists don’t want the public to have the chance to see what’s in this deal.

    As Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, ”they have to be secret because if the American people knew what was going on, they would be opposed.”

  • Chris Christie Should Resign

    Chris Christie has lost all credibility.  There will be questions about what did he know and when did he know it.  They may be issued by state oversight hearings or even by grand juries.

    What is clear in the meantime is that he has no business remaining in office and should step aside.

    Fill out the form below to send a message demanding Chris Christie resign his office.

  • Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits

    Congress failed to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program before they left for vacation. The result?   Three days after Christmas, 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost their unemployment benefits.  

  • Tell McDonalds to Stop Buying Luxury Jets Until They Pay Workers a Living Wage

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    More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by.

    McDonald's is the worst offender, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion in poverty benefits for its employees. McDonald's claims that they operate on razor-thin profit margins and can't pay a living wage.

    Yet they announced they had bought a brand-new $35 million corporate jet for their fleet.

    Marketing materials claim the jet, a luxurious Bombardier 605 "makes listening to Beethoven on the dual Blu-Ray Disc player, or watching a movie on either of the two 22” HD monitors, a real pleasure."  

    It's not right to impoverish your employees while sailing above them at a rate of $2,500 an hour. It's immoral to do it with a taxpayer subsidy.

    Click below to add your name to this petition.

  • When you’re wrong, you say so.

    Unless you’re John Boehner.

    On Monday, Speaker of the House John Boehner sent out a tweet about a man who claimed Obamacare wouldn’t cover his baby.

    That would be terrible—if it were true. Turns out the man, a failed conservative political candidate, forgot to put his toddler on the application and never bothered to fix it.

    Boehner knew the story wasn’t true and created a media frenzy about it anyway.

    Days later, Boehner has yet to take the message down. His 78 assistants have yet to issue a statement correcting the record.

    Tell Mr. Boehner that when he makes a mistake he should admit it.

  • Tell McDonalds to Stop Buying Luxury Jets Until They Pay Workers a Living Wage

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    More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by.

    McDonald's is the worst offender, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion in poverty benefits for its employees. McDonald's claims that they operate on razor-thin profit margins and can't pay a living wage.

    Yet they announced they had bought a brand-new $35 million corporate jet for their fleet.

    Marketing materials claim the jet, a luxurious Bombardier 605 "makes listening to Beethoven on the dual Blu-Ray Disc player, or watching a movie on either of the two 22” HD monitors, a real pleasure."  

    It's not right to impoverish your employees while sailing above them at a rate of $2,500 an hour. It's immoral to do it with a taxpayer subsidy.

    Click below to add your name to this petition.

  • Stop Tax Haven Abuse

    We lose $90 billion each year when big corporations dodge their taxes by stashing profits offshore, in low- or no-tax countries.

    Sen. Carl Levin’s Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act would close up these loopholes.


    The Levin-Whitehouse-Begich-Shaheen Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, S. 1533, would:

    Title I – Deterring the Use of Tax Havens for Tax Evasion

    • Authorize special measures to stop offshore tax abuse (§101) by allowing Treasury to take specified steps against foreign jurisdictions or financial institutions that impede U.S. tax enforcement, including prohibiting U.S. banks from doing business with a designated foreign bank.
    •  Strengthen FATCA (§102) by clarifying when, under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, foreign financial institutions and U.S. persons must report foreign financial accounts to the IRS.
    • Establish rebuttable presumptions to combat offshore secrecy (§102) in U.S. tax and securities law enforcement proceedings by shifting to the U.S. taxpayer, who takes advantage of the related loopholes, the burden of proving:  who controls an offshore entity; when money sent to or received from offshore is taxable income; and when offshore accounts have sufficient funds to trigger a reporting obligation. 
    • Stop companies incorporated offshore but managed and controlled from the United States from claiming foreign status (§103) and avoiding U.S. taxes on their foreign income by treating them as U.S. domestic corporations for tax purposes. 
    • Strengthen detection of offshore activities (§104) by requiring U.S. financial institutions that open accounts for foreign entities controlled by U.S. clients or open foreign accounts in non-FATCA institutions for U.S. clients to report the accounts to the IRS. 
    • Close the offshore swap payments loophole (§105) by treating swap payments that originate in the United States as taxable U.S. source income. 

    Title II-Other Measures to Combat Tax Haven Abuses

    • Require annual country-by-country reporting (§201) by SEC-registered corporations to disclose their employees, gross revenues, and tax payments on a per country basis.
    • Establish a penalty on corporate insiders who hide offshore holdings (§202) with a securities law fine of up to $1 million per violation. 
    • Require anti-money laundering programs (§§203 and 204) for private funds and formation agents to ensure they screen high risk clients and offshore funds. 
    • Strengthen John Doe summons (§205) by streamlining court procedures used by the IRS to obtain these summons, while also strengthening court oversight. 
    • Combat hidden foreign financial accounts (§206) by facilitating IRS use of Foreign Bank Account Reports and Suspicious Activity Reports, and simplifying penalties for unreported foreign accounts.

    Title III – Ending Corporate Offshore Tax Avoidance

    • Eliminate incentives for offshoring jobs and operations (§301) by deferring corporate tax deductions for expenses related to deferred income so that, for example, a U.S. corporation could not take a tax deduction for building a plant offshore until it also declared and paid taxes on income produced by that plant. 
    • Stop foreign tax credit manipulation (§301) by requiring foreign tax credits to be considered on a pooled basis. 
    • Limit incentives to move intellectual property and related marketing rights offshore (§§302 and 303) by taxing excess income earned from transferring that property offshore to a related foreign entity, and by allowing the IRS to use common sense methods to value the transferred property. 
    • Repeal check-the-box rule for foreign entities and CFC look-through rule (§304) to stop U.S. multinationals from disregarding their offshore subsidiaries to avoid U.S. taxes on passive income. 
    • Stop offshore loan abuse (§305) by preventing multinationals from artificially repatriating offshore funds tax-free by treating them as short-term loans from their offshore subsidiaries to their U.S. operations. 
  • Tell Congress to Act Now to Prevent Food Stamps Cuts

    On Friday, $5 billion will be cut from food programs for the poor.

    What does that mean? It means trying to fill your child’s plate for $1.40.

    Who does it effect? 21 million children.

    Why is this happening? Because we haven't made ourselves clear.

    There is no time for puffing up in front of the cable news cameras. There is no time to do a fundraising call. There is no time to make urgent statements of principle or draw anymore lines in the sand because there is no more time.

    This happens Friday. Act NOW and tell Congress to STOP the cuts to Food Stamps.

  • Stop Tax Haven Abuse

    We lose $90 billion each year when big corporations dodge their taxes by stashing profits offshore, in low- or no-tax countries. Sen. Carl Levin’s Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act would close up these loopholes.

    Say you’ll sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the bill – and help make sure it passes. 

  • Tell McDonalds to Stop Buying Luxury Jets Until They Pay Workers a Living Wage

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    More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by.

    McDonald's is the worst offender, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion in poverty benefits for its employees. McDonald's claims that they operate on razor-thin profit margins and can't pay a living wage.

    Yet they announced they had bought a brand-new $35 million corporate jet for their fleet.

    Marketing materials claim the jet, a luxurious Bombardier 605 "makes listening to Beethoven on the dual Blu-Ray Disc player, or watching a movie on either of the two 22” HD monitors, a real pleasure."  

    It's not right to impoverish your employees while sailing above them at a rate of $2,500 an hour. It's immoral to do it with a taxpayer subsidy.

    Click below to add your name to this petition.

  • Tell McDonalds to Stop Buying Luxury Jets Until They Pay Workers a Living Wage

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    More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by.

    McDonald's is the worst offender, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion in poverty benefits for its employees. McDonald's claims that they operate on razor-thin profit margins and can't pay a living wage.

    Yet they announced they had bought yet another brand new $35 million corporate jet for their fleet.

    Marketing materials claim the jet, a luxurious Bombardier 605, "makes listening to Beethoven on the dual Blu-Ray Disc player, or watching a movie on either of the two 22” HD monitors, a real pleasure."  

    It's not right to impoverish your employees while sailing above them at a rate of $2,500 an hour. It's immoral to do it with a taxpayer subsidy.

    Click below to add your name to this petition.

  • Raise the Minimum Wage

    Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the paychecks of over 30 million workers in the U.S. The majority are adults with full-time jobs, and nearly half have some college education.

    If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.60 today. Tell Congress you support this fix.

    Use the form below to tell Congress that you want the minimum wage raised.

  • Tell Republicans: Sign the discharge petition and end this shutdown

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    House Republicans shut down the government and there’s no end in sight. John Boehner is too scared of the Tea Party extremists in his own party to bring a funding bill up for a vote—even though there are more than enough Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass one.

    But House Democrats just found a way to get around Boehner

    Democrats can force a vote on a clean funding bill and reopen the government if 218 representatives sign a “discharge petition.” With 200 Democrats on board, we only need 18 Republicans to sign on and cut John Boehner’s legs out from under him—and 21 House Republicans are already on the record saying they’d vote for a clean funding bill.

    It’s time for these Republicans to act.

    Join Daily Kos, Democracy for America and Campaign for America's Future by telling House Republicans: Sign the discharge petition and end this shutdown now.

  • Boehner: End the Shutdown

    There are enough Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who are willing to vote to end the government shutdown.

    But House Speaker John Boehner isn't bringing it to a vote. He's listening to a small number of far right members of his party, who want to use the shutdown to force through their extreme ideas on health care, taxes and the budget.

    Tell Speaker Boehner to end the shutdown now.

    Please complete the form below.

  • Boehner: End the Shutdown

    There are enough Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who are willing to vote to end the government shutdown.

    But House Speaker John Boehner isn't bringing it to a vote. He's listening to a small number of far right members of his party, who want to use the shutdown to force through their extreme ideas on health care, taxes and the budget.

    Tell Speaker Boehner to end the shutdown now.

    Please complete the form below.

  • No More Job Killing Trade Agreements

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    They're at it again.  Unelected bureaucrats are meeting behind closed doors making decisions that could cost tens of thousands of good jobs.

    It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We don’t know what’s in it, but we know who wrote it: Corporate lobbyists and representatives of countries that include repressive regimes with no concern for labor or environmental standards.

    We should have learned our lesson by now. Bad trade agreements create a race to the bottom which benefits only the multinationals. Now they want fast-track rules on a secretly negotiated treaty. The corporate lobbyists don’t want the public to have the chance to see what’s in this deal.

    As Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, ”they have to be secret because if the American people knew what was going on, they would be opposed.”

    Send a message to Congress by filling out the form below.

  • Support Elizabeth Warren and the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act

    Congress passed the Glass Steagall Act in 1933 to separate risky investment banking from ordinary commercial banking. And for half a century, the banking system was stable and our middle class grew stronger.

    But in the 1980s, the federal regulators started reinterpreting the laws to break down the divide between regular banking and Wall Street risk-taking, and in 1999, Congress repealed Glass Steagall altogether. Wall Street had spent 66 years and millions of dollars lobbying for repeal, and, eventually, the big banks won.

    The 21st Century Glass Steagall Act once again separates traditional banks from riskier financial services.  Banking has become much more complicated since the first bill was written in 1933.  The new bill recogninclude new activities and leave no room for regulatory interpretations that water down the rules.

    The bill will give a five year transition period for financial institutions to split their business practices into distinct entities – shrinking their size, taking an important step toward ending “Too Big to Fail” once and for all, and minimizing the risk of future bailouts.

    Take action by signing the petition below.

  • Tell President Obama to not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

    Larry Summers is being “vetted” for nomination to head the Federal Reserve.  Summers was a principal advocate for the repeal of Glass Steagall that paved the way for the gigantic banking conglomerates that are big to fail. 

    Larry Summers has put banks before public interest too often.  We cannot support his return to a position of public responsibility.

    Over a hundred thousand people have already sent a message to the President rejecting his nomination.

    Please join Campaign for America's Future and add your name below.

  • Stop Cutting Funds For Maryland's Medical Research Programs

     Maryland contains many of the crown jewels of science. From Johns Hopkins, NIH to the University of Maryland, we have been home to dozens of Nobel laureates and have created many of the life saving treatments that have changed and saved lives.

    Yet Congress, through their policy of budget sequestration, has made devastating cuts, across the board. The impact is not just on federal institutions but our state university system.
    These publicly funded institutions support a vast and growing biotechnology sector in our state. We have rich community of talent here and it is now at risk.
    Please use the form below to add your name to the thousands who have already spoken up.
  • Tell Ted Cruz to stop lying about Obamacare.

    When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that 7 million people will lose their insurance under Obamacare, he was lying. Politifact called him out.

    When Ted Cruz said President Obama "granted all of Congress an exception" to Obamacare, he was lying. Politifact called him out.

    Now Sen. Cruz has taken this show on the road. He spent the past month dining off his dishonest talking points with party faithfuls in New Hampshire and Iowa when he should have been attending to the needs of his constituents.

    Taken as a whole, it seems more about Ted than Obamacare. Or Texas. Because if he cared about Texas, he'd be doing something about the 4,4400 children who won't go to preschool because of the budget cuts forced by sequestration. Or asking why Texas is among the states with the most low paid workers in the country. If he weren’t lying about Obamacare, he might deal with the sad fact that his state has the highest proportion of uninsured the country.

    The stakes couldnt' be higher:  Ted Cruz wants to use his lies to shut down the government and us to go back to the bad old days of pre-existing conditions, unaffordable deductibles and lifetime caps for lifesaving treatment.

    Send Ted Cruz a message by adding your name below.

  • Tell Ted Cruz to stop lying about Obamacare.

    When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that 7 million people will lose their insurance under Obamacare, he was lying. Politifact called him out.

    When Ted Cruz said President Obama "granted all of Congress an exception" to Obamacare, he was lying. Politifact called him out.

    Now Sen. Cruz has taken this show on the road. He spent the past month dining off his dishonest talking points with party faithfuls in New Hampshire and Iowa when he should have been attending to the needs of his constituents.

    Taken as a whole, it seems more about Ted than Obamacare. Or Texas. Because if he cared about Texas, he'd be doing something about the 4,4400 children who won't go to preschool because of the budget cuts forced by sequestration. Or asking why Texas is among the states with the most low paid workers in the country. If he weren’t lying about Obamacare, he might deal with the sad fact that his state has the highest proportion of uninsured the country.

    The stakes couldnt' be higher:  Ted Cruz wants to use his lies to shut down the government and us to go back to the bad old days of pre-existing conditions, unaffordable deductibles and lifetime caps for lifesaving treatment.

    Send Ted Cruz a message by adding your name below.

  • Tell Ted Cruz to stop lying about Obamacare.

    When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that 7 million people will lose their insurance under Obamacare, he was lying. Politifact called him out.

    When Ted Cruz said President Obama "granted all of Congress an exception" to Obamacare, he was lying. Politifact called him out.

    Now Sen. Cruz has taken this show on the road. He spent the past month dining off his dishonest talking points with party faithfuls in New Hampshire and Iowa when he should have been attending to the needs of his constituents.

    Taken as a whole, it seems more about Ted than Obamacare. Or Texas. Because if he cared about Texas, he'd be doing something about the 4,4400 children who won't go to preschool because of the budget cuts forced by sequestration. Or asking why Texas is among the states with the most low paid workers in the country. If he weren’t lying about Obamacare, he might deal with the sad fact that his state has the highest proportion of uninsured the country.

    The stakes couldnt' be higher:  Ted Cruz wants to use his lies to shut down the government and us to go back to the bad old days of pre-existing conditions, unaffordable deductibles and lifetime caps for lifesaving treatment.

    Send Ted Cruz a message by adding your name below.

  • Tell President Obama to not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

    Larry Summers is being “vetted” for nomination to head the Federal Reserve.  Summers was a principal advocate for the repeal of Glass Steagall that paved the way for the gigantic banking conglomerates that are big to fail. 

    Larry Summers has put banks before public interest too often.  We cannot support his return to a position of public responsibility.

  • Congress: Expand, don't cut, Social Security.

    Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed legislation that would:

    • Increase cost of living adjustments (COLAs), not decrease them. Instead of cutting benefits through a Chained CPI formula, Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed using a benefit formula designed specifically to take into account seniors’ rising living expenses such as healthcare, food, and housing.
    • Increase Social Security benefits for almost all recipients by approximately $70 per month, or $800 a year. Senator Harkin’s bill would reform the benefit formula for all beneficiaries, but target those most in need. This would result in an across the board benefit increase, with the most going to those in the lower and middle classes.
    • Ensure that the wealthy are paying their fair share into Social Security. Currently, Americans are only paying Social Security payroll taxes on their first $113,700. That means that Wall Street CEOs are not paying the same rate as the rest of us. By lifting the payroll tax cap on Social Security, we can extend the life of Social Security for decades to come while expanding benefits.
  • Join Senators Harkin and Begich and over 300,000 people in demanding that Congress expand, not cut, Social Security.

    Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed legislation that would:

    • Increase cost of living adjustments (COLAs), not decrease them. Instead of cutting benefits through a Chained CPI formula, Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed using a benefit formula designed specifically to take into account seniors’ rising living expenses such as healthcare, food, and housing.
    • Increase Social Security benefits for almost all recipients by approximately $70 per month, or $800 a year. Senator Harkin’s bill would reform the benefit formula for all beneficiaries, but target those most in need. This would result in an across the board benefit increase, with the most going to those in the lower and middle classes.
    • Ensure that the wealthy are paying their fair share into Social Security. Currently, Americans are only paying Social Security payroll taxes on their first $113,700. That means that Wall Street CEOs are not paying the same rate as the rest of us. By lifting the payroll tax cap on Social Security, we can extend the life of Social Security for decades to come while expanding benefits.

    Send a message by adding your name below.

  • Tell President Obama to not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

    Larry Summers is being “vetted” for nomination to head the Federal Reserve.  Summers was a principal advocate for the repeal of Glass Steagall that paved the way for the gigantic banking conglomerates that are big to fail. 

    Larry Summers has put banks before public interest too often.  We cannot support his return to a position of public responsibility.

    Over a hundred thousand people have already sent a message to the President rejecting his nomination.

    Please join Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future and add your name below.

  • Don't Let Larry Summers Head the Fed
  • Tell Your Senator: Don't Raise Student Loan Rates

    A bipartisan Senate deal has been struck to make the student loan system even worse, letting the market set student loan rates – as high as 8.25 percent for undergrads and 9.5 percent for graduate students – and letting the government profit even more off of student debt. A Senate vote could happen as soon as today. Use the form below to tell your senators: Vote “No” on raising student loan rates.

  • Tell Your Senators: End Special Tax Breaks for Corporations and the Wealthy

    The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are asking your Senators to assume that every single tax break has been wiped out. If they want to protect a tax break, they have until July 26th to defend it.

    Please join Americans for Tax Fairness and Campaign for America's Future and tell your Senators not to defend the special tax breaks and loopholes that corporations and the very wealthy are using to avoid paying their fair share.

  • Restore Funding to Meals On Wheels

    Nationwide, thousands of homebound seniors will not get a hot meal tonight because Congress has cut funding for Meals on Wheels as part of the sequester.  

    These funds are vital because for millions of seniors, Social Security isn’t enough to lift them out of poverty and hunger.  In fact, in the last decade alone there was a 78 percent increase in senior hunger.

  • Restore Funding to Meals On Wheels

    Nationwide, thousands of homebound seniors will not get a hot meal tonight because Congress has cut funding for Meals on Wheels as part of the sequester.  

    These funds are vital because for millions of seniors, Social Security isn’t enough to lift them out of poverty and hunger.  In fact, in the last decade alone there was a 78 percent increase in senior hunger.

    Use the form below to send a message to Congress today.

  • Sign the Declaration

    Yes, I’m committed to providing our children the education they deserve.
    I’m signing the Education Declaration to Rebuild America.

    For too long, our policymakers have engaged the nation’s schoolchildren in a grand experiment, with frequent testing, incentive programs and top-down mandates that promised much but delivered little.

    Today, leading academics, policymakers and educators have come together to demand an education spring embodied in An Education Declaration to Rebuild America.

    This declaration (below) represents a strong critique of our nation’s current course on education – and an outline of a positive new direction focused on opportunities and supports for students. Add your name and forward this to friends so that we can grow this movement for real education reform based on what America needs and our children deserve.

    Click here to add your name

  • Let students borrow at the same rate as the banks.

    In less than one month, debt-saddled students will be socked with higher loan rates unless Congress acts. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed a common sense solution: Give students the same loan rates that the Federal Reserve gives the banks.

    Join Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future and send a message to Congress.

  • Shame on the 28 Democratic senators who voted to cut food stamps!

    The Senate voted down an amendment restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts.  Only 26 senators voted “yes.”

    But we can’t blame obstructionist Republicans. Twenty-eight Democrats joined with Republicans to defeat this amendment. If this stands, 500,000 low-income households will lose benefits.

    Food Stamps are already being cut as the federal stimulus dries up, and these proposed new cuts—from both parties—will only make it worse.  

    Please join Social Security Works and Campaign for America's Future by signing our petition to these 28 Senate Democrats, demanding they put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare—and to oppose draconian cuts to food stamps.

  • Strengthen Social Security

    The Strengthening Social Security Act fixes the benefit formula to accurately reflect the expenses of America's seniors. It increases benefits for seniors by about $70 a month. It sounds modest, but for low- and even middle-income retirees it makes a huge difference.

    Senator Harkin's bill calls for exactly what we have fought for: Increase benefits by around $800 a year, increase the COLA every year, make the system stronger for decades to come and pay for it by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay the same rate into the system as the rest of us.

    Send a message by adding your name below.

  • Tell Congress: Stop subsidizing CEO salaries

    Report cover pageThe Institute for Policy Studies and Campaign for America's Future have released a new report revealing how the same CEOs who want to cut spending on social programs are enjoying enormous, taxpayer-funded subsidies to their salaries.

    There is a tax deduction for "performance pay" that allows CEOs and other top executives to pocket gobs of money without paying taxes on it. To get a sense of just how much this loophole is costing us, consider that the 90 publicly-held corporations on pro-austerity "Fix the Debt" coalition gave out $6.3 billion in tax-deductible "performance pay" from 2009-2011, thereby increasing the debt and subsidizing executive pay by between $953 million and $1.6 billion.

    Of course, these CEOs and executives wouldn't call this a tax subsidy. But because they get this little perk and you don't, what else should it be called? We could just go for the simple: rip-off.

    Sign the petition from Daily Kos and Campaign for America's Future calling on Congress to stop subsidizing CEO salaries by ending the performance pay loophole.

  • Stop the Sequester!

     Congress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because of the sequester.


    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. In late April, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Please join Campaign for America's Future and tell your legislators to repeal all the sequester cuts, not just those parts that inconvenience the wealthy.

    Sign the petition below

  • Mr. President, Pay Your Interns

    Where can an adult work 50 hours a week for no pay in 2013? The White House Intern program.

    According to the White House website, intern duties "include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events." The White House internship program puts many on a fast track to leadership, but is only open to the children of the wealthy. No one can work 45 hours a week and then make enough to pay the high rents in D.C.

  • Repeal the Sequester

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because of the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. In late April, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Social Security WorksPlease join with Social Security Works and the Campaign for America's Future and tell your legislators to repeal all the sequester cuts, not just those parts that inconvenience the wealthy.

    Send an email by using the form below.

  • Repeal the Sequester

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because of the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. In late April, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    HCAN logoPlease join with the Campaign for America's Future and Health Care for America Now and tell your legislators to repeal all the sequester cuts, not just those parts that inconvenience the wealthy.

    Send an email by using the form below.

  • Repeal the Sequester

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because of the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. In late April, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Peace ACtion logoPlease join with the Campaign for America's Future and Peace Action and tell your legislators to repeal all the sequester cuts, not just those parts that inconvenience the wealthy.

    Send an email by using the form below.

  • Repeal the Sequester

    Cool Facebook meme related to this actionCongress has done nothing as services that protect the most vulnerable populations, like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, are being slashed because the sequester.

    However, Congress has moved to urgently repeal one part of the sequester that inconveniences wealthier Americans. Last Friday, in order to prevent significant delays in air travel, they overwhelmingly passed a bill that ended furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Daily Kos logoPlease join with the Campaign for America's Future and Daily Kos and tell your legislators to repeal all the sequester cuts, not just those parts that inconvenience the wealthy.

    Send an email by using the form below.

  • Repeal the Sequester

    Congress acted quickly to give relief to air travelers inconvenienced by the blind, across-the-board sequester cuts. Everyone hurt by sequestration – schoolchildren, seniors, towns and cities, and people struggling to put food on their tables – needs the same relief.

    Tell Congress to act with the same urgency with which they came to the aid of air travelers and vote to repeal the sequester.

  • Tell Congress: Say No to Obama’s Social Security Cuts

    The President’s budget includes devastating Social Security cuts. But they will not become law if Congress rejects them. It’s up to us to speak out and let Congress know the public will punish any legislator that supports undermining Social Security. Use the form below to tell your senators and representative: Say no to Obama’s Social Security Cuts.

    Use the form below to send a message to your senators and member of Congress.

  • Tell Obama: No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid in Your 2014 Budget

    According to The Wall Street Journal,* "The White House is strongly considering including limits on entitlement benefits in its fiscal 2014 budget … such as reductions in future Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security payments." The report specifies that the budget proposal, to be released April 10, could cut Social Security payments behind the smokescreen of the "chained CPI." We have only few days to stop this. Please sign the petition to President Obama below and tell him: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid in your fiscal year 2014 budget.

    Add your voice today.

  • No Chained CPI

    No Cuts

    President Obama is set to unveil his budget on March 4. There are strong indications that he will once again include the chained CPI, which cuts payments to current and future retirees.

    We cannot break our promise to our seniors. These are benefits they earned over a lifetime. Our parents and grandparents put their faith in us, and we will not let them down.

    Please use the form below to send a message to the president.

  • Raise the Minimum Wage

    Americans who work hard should be able to make a living. 

    $7.25 per hour, full time pays less than $15,000 a year.  Meanwhile, CEO pay is skyrocketing. 

    Let's raise the floor to $10.10 and index it to inflation.  It's a fair, long term solution.

    Use the form below to tell Congress that you want the minimum wage raised.

  • Haste Lays Waste to Our Economy - Tax Reckless Wall Street Trading

    The Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act - HR 880 - adds a small transaction fee to stock trades that will rein in dangerous speculation while raising revenue for essential services.

    Reckless high-frequency trading provides no social value and puts the whole economy at risk.

    Wall Street can afford it, and after the bailouts and rescue packages of the past decade it's only fair.

    Fill out the form below to send a message urging your member of Congress to support this common sense bill.

  • Remember March 21

    On March 21, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. Rep. Paul Ryan's tax-cut-for-rich-turn-Medicare-into-a-coupon budget passed the House, 221 to 207.

    The good news: It's going nowhere. Your voice was added to a chorus of outraged Americans and there is no way the Senate will let it become law.

    The very good news: We got it on the record. There are 221 members of the House who are a little more vulnerable today than they were yesterday.  

    Some people never learn. The Ryan budget follows the same blueprint as the one he introduced last year, which doomed Mitt Romney's candidacy for president.  It cuts assistance to the unemployed and veterans. It cuts retirement programs. And millionaires would get a 15% tax cut.

    Tell your member of Congress that you will hold them accountable for their vote for or against the Ryan Budget.

  • Pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act

    Most minimum-wage earners work for big corporations. These corporations keep giving their CEOs bigger bonuses every year, but then claim they can’t afford to pay their employees.

    The current federal minimum wage – $7.25 per hour – is not enough for a full-time worker to lift a family out of poverty. It is lower than it was in the 1960s, adjusted for inflation.

    Raise the minimum to $10.10 and indexes it to inflation. It alsos raises the minimum wage for tipped workers (at present a miserly $2.13 per hour) for the first time in 20 years.

    Use the form below to tell Congress that you want the minimum wage raised.

  • Tell Congress: Reject Ryan’s Job-Killing Budget

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new job-killing budget is the most reckless austerity plan he’s ever proposed. He dismembers Medicare and slashes vital services – from investment in schools to funds for new innovation.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus “Back To Work” budget offers a better way. It cuts deficits by putting people back to work – and closes loopholes and shuts down tax dodges for the wealthy on the wealthy and multinationals to invest in areas vital to our future.

    Use the form below to tell your House representative:  Reject Ryan’s job-killing budget and vote for the Progressive Caucus “Back to Work” budget.

  • No Bank Is Too Big To Jail

    The government bails out banks after bankers break the law, but the government can't act when bankers have to face the law? Nonsense.

    Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that the big banks are "difficult for us to prosecute" because "some of these institutions have become too large" and so "if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy."

    Eric Holder needs to know the people expect the public's top prosecutor to hold the banks accountable to the rule of law. Tell Attorney General Holder: renounce your Too Big To Jail policy.

  • Tell Congress: No Chained CPI. No Cuts To Retirement Security.

    Once again, Republicans are trying to take Washington hostage.

    They are demanding cruel cuts to Social Security and Medicare, or else, on March 1 they will detonate the "austerity bomb" of across-the-board spending cuts killing 1 million jobs.

    And the President is still pledging his willingness to cut Social Security benefits for today’s seniors by imposing an inaccurate “chained CPI” formula, and to make unnamed Medicare cuts, in return for Republican support for more tax increases.This would be a disastrous deal. It must be stopped. Use the form below to demand your representatives in Washington refuse to vote for any budget deal that cuts Social Security and Medicare.

  • Tell Congress: No Chained CPI. No Cuts To Retirement Security.

    Once again, Republicans are trying to take Washington hostage.

    They are demanding cruel cuts to Social Security and Medicare, or else, on March 1 they will detonate the "austerity bomb" of across-the-board spending cuts killing 1 million jobs.

    And the President is still pledging his willingness to cut Social Security benefits for today’s seniors by imposing an inaccurate “chained CPI” formula, and to make unnamed Medicare cuts, in return for Republican support for more tax increases.This would be a disastrous deal. It must be stopped. Use the form below to demand your representatives in Washington refuse to vote for any budget deal that cuts Social Security and Medicare.

  • Tell Congress: No Chained CPI. No Cuts To Retirement Security.

    Once again, Republicans are trying to take Washington hostage. 

    The ransom note:  "Cut Social Security or we will set off an austerity bomb costing millions of jobs."

     

    The "chained CPI" is code for cuts to the benefits of millions of seniors.  It must be stopped. Use the form below to demand your representatives in Washington refuse to vote for any budget deal that cuts Social Security and Medicare.

  • Disarm the Austerity Bomb. Repeal the Sequester.

    The economy shrank for the first time in 30 months. Why? Because of an unexpected drop in government spending. Yet the “sequester” – automatic across-the-board spending cuts – are scheduled to bring the hammer down on the economy on March 1.  This is a ticking austerity bomb. We must disarm it. Use the form below to tell your representatives in Washington: Disarm the Austerity Bomb. Repeal the Sequester.

  • Make Mitt Pay His Fair Share

    We have a lot of work to do in America: jobs to create, infrastructure to build, clean energy to generate, homeowners to save, teachers to hire and student debt to retire.

    And we can’t pay for it so long as we keep the Bush-era policy of absurdly low taxes for the 1%. As Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men, points out, it is simply ridiculous that the multi-millionaires are paying lower tax rates than their secretaries.

    On Monday, the Senate will take a vote on common sense. They will vote on the Buffett Rule — establishing a minimum tax rate of 30% on any income over $2 million.

    Right-wing zealots want the Senate to filibuster it. The lobbyists of the 1% are packing the halls of Congress. We need to be heard, now.

  • Make Them Talk

    There is one thing the obstructionist conservatives in Congress don't want: TV cameras that show them obstructing. And so they are fiercely fighting in the backrooms of the Senate to defeat the Merkley-Harkin-Udall plan to end the practice of filibustering legislation without having to utter a word to the public on the Senate floor. A decision on rule changes is expected next week. If we are going to fix the Senate so the majority will can be exercised again, your Senators need to hear from you immediately.

  • Tell the President: No Deal That Cuts Benefits

    Republicans are demanding that the price of any deal is cruel cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

    They are holding the most vulnerable people in America hostage for any agreement to go forward. There are two words to say to that: No Deal.

    Use the form below to tell President Obama: No deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. No deal that keeps low tax rates for the rich. No deal that kills jobs with more cuts.

  • Stop The Grand Swindle

    Republicans are demanding that the price of any deal is cruel cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. They are holding the most vulnerable people in America hostage for any agreement to go forward. There are two words to say to that: No Deal. Use the form below to tell President Obama: No deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. No deal that keeps low tax rates for the rich. No deal that kills jobs with more cuts.

  • Stop The Grand Swindle

    Election Day was a smashing victory for progressives and middle-class populism. But the deficit hysterics, budget slashers and Social Security haters refuse to heed our voices.  We spoke out on Election Day. Now we need to speak out louder than ever. Use the form below to tell your representatives in Congress: No deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. No deal that keeps low tax rates for the rich. No deal that kills jobs with more cuts.

  • Jobs And Growth, Not Austerity

    We write to ask you to speak out–by signing this statement (below), entitled Jobs, Not Austerity.

    We know you share our concern that, no matter who wins the election, America’s weak economy could be plunged back into recession — or condemned to another decade of high unemployment and slow growth. If the advocates of economic austerity continue to have their way, as they have in Europe, Americans could face disastrous consequences. Some 300 of you signed a similar statement a year ago that played an important role in getting President Obama to focus again on jobs.

    If you wish to sign this soon-to-be-public statement, please click here.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t Bargain Away Social Security.

    The forces of austerity in Washington are using the prospect of automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the end of the year to pressure Congress into a "grand bargain," slashing Social Security benefits in the name of deficit reduction. 29 Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have already signed a pledge saying they will "oppose Social Security cuts for future or current beneficiaries in any deficit reduction package." If a majority of the House and Senate take that same pledge, Social Security will be safe. Use the form below to tell your representatives in Washington: "Take the pledge. Don't bargain away Social Security."

  • Tell the House: Pass the Senate Middle Class Tax Cut Bill

    Finally! Senate Democrats pressured Republicans to drop their filibuster, allowing a simple majority to pass an end of the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000, while extending the tax breaks for the middle class. But it won’t be law unless the House Republicans join the Senate and pass the bill. And that won’t happen without maximum grassroots pressure. Use the form below to tell your representative: End the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and extend tax benefits to the middle class.

  • It's Time to Give America a Raise

    This Business Insider headline says it all: “Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low.” The minimum wage today is worth 30% less than in 1968, eroded by inflation. This has to stop. Use the form below to email your representatives in Washington and say: “Pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act.”

  • End the Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%

    Congress will vote this month on whether to renew the Bush tax cuts. Please tell Congress to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%. It’s time for the rich to pay their fair share. The Campaign for America’s Future is joining with Americans For Tax Fairness for “National Call Congress Week” to tell our representatives: end the Bush tax cuts from income over $250,000. Send a letter to your members of Congress and have your voice heard.

  • No More "Too Big To Fail." Pass the SAFE Banking Act.

    JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion bad bet has made it crystal clear: The Wall Street banksters are still recklessly gambling with the global economy. And the "too big to fail" banks are still too big.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Keith Ellison are leading the fight to break up the banks. Use the form below to your representatives in Congress to support their bill: the SAFE Banking Act.

  • Make Mitt Pay His Fair Share

    We have a lot of work to do in America: jobs to create, infrastructure to build, clean energy to generate, homeowners to save, teachers to hire and student debt to retire.

    And we can’t pay for it so long as we keep the Bush-era policy of absurdly low taxes for the 1%. As Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men, points out, it is simply ridiculous that the multi-millionaires are paying lower tax rates than their secretaries.

    On Monday, the Senate will take a vote on common sense. They will vote on the Buffett Rule — establishing a minimum tax rate of 30% on any income over $2 million.

    Right-wing zealots want the Senate to filibuster it. The lobbyists of the 1% are packing the halls of Congress. We need to be heard, now.

  • End Secret Corporate Campaign Cash

    It has been two years since the Supreme Court decided in the infamous Citizens United case that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns. Since then, our democracy has been drowning in a tsunami of corporate special interest money. Our government is under the thumb of the Koch brothers instead of the hands of the people.

    We cannot ultimately right this wrong until we can organize the states to pass a constitutional amendment that declares what everyone except Mitt Romney seems to understand: corporations are not people and money is not speech.

    But until then, we can take action right now to force corporations to make their campaign spending public. Sign the petition below and tell the SEC: No more secret political money. Make all publicly traded corporations disclose their campaign spending to the public.

  • Tell The Republicans: Stop Sabotaging The Economy

    While the jobs crisis persists, Republicans are threatening to take away the few wisps of stimulus we have left: the payroll tax cut for middle class workers, and long-term unemployment benefits. Even more ludicrous, while Republicans are arguing against extending the payroll tax cut that provides at least some cushion to the strapped middle class, they are continuing to demand more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Stop this insanity. Sign the petition below to tell the Republican leadership: stop sabotaging the economy.