Appoint Super Committee Members Who Will Fight For The American Majority


Appoint Super Committee Members Who Will Fight For The American Majority

As part of the debt ceiling deal, Congress will now create an undemocratic "Super Committee" to fast-track more deficit reduction this year. This 12 person committee—6 Republicans, 6 Democrats—is charged with finding $1.5 trillion in savings either by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or by increased revenues, or some combination.

With Republicans intent on protecting the tax breaks enjoyed by the rich and big corporations, Social Security and Medicare are at risk. That’s why House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must appoint middle class champions that represent the views of the American majority.

Sign the petition below to tell Leaders Pelosi and Reid: Appoint Democrats who will make sure this “Super Committee” will not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Tell them to appoint leaders like Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Raul Grijalva who represent views supported by the vast majority of Americans.

PETITION TEXT:

We the undersigned call upon House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to appoint to the Super Committee the best middle class champions that represent the views of the American majority.

Champions who will defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and demand that the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Six strong leaders -- like Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Raul Grijalva.

Sen. Bernie Sanders led the fight for a fair compromise -- a 50-50 split between spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy for any deficit reduction deal.

As leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reps. Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva put forth the only serious solution to cutting the deficit without sacrificing jobs: the "People's Budget" which ends the Bush tax cuts, invests in jobs, protects Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and produces greater debt reduction than the Republican plans to gut Medicare.

These champions represent the views of the American majority. These are the values that must shape the Super Committee if it is to exercise the will of the people.

Democrats have offered too many unilateral compromises. They have surrendered too often. It is time to stand up. Some Democrats have already capitulated to the conservative deficit agenda. But there are plenty of Democrats in both the House and Senate who will fight for the middle class and the poor. It is time to name representatives who will fight for the views most Americans support.
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