The United States is experiencing the worst economic inequality in nearly a century. As Robert Reich has explained, we won’t return to economic prosperity until we reverse that trend and build a strong, stable middle class. Whether at the ballot box or in the halls of power, DFA is focused on building an economy that works for everyone -- not just the wealthiest 1%.
- Expand Social Security
- Medicare for All
- Solve the student debt crisis
- Fight for $15 minimum wage
- Parental/sick leave
- Increase overtime pay
The battle to protect Medicare from Donald Trump and Paul Ryan is heating up fast -- and Paul Ryan is already feeling defensive. Just yesterday he claimed we have nothing to worry about:
"This is the latest wave of Democratic talking points to try and play 'Mediscare' politics, which is what they typically do every other Tuesday." -Paul Ryan, quoted in The Hill, 12/1/16
Don't believe him. Paul Ryan has spent his entire career in Congress trying to destroy Medicare. He has repeatedly said he wants to cut benefits, privatize Medicare, and make it harder and more expensive for people to get health care. Seniors would have to spend money they don't have getting the care they need.
Donald Trump has already proven he'll help Paul Ryan destroy Medicare -- and he picked Tom Price, an extremist anti-Medicare zealot to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has already suggested Republicans could act quickly in 2017 to destroy Medicare.
We know we can stop them -- because we stopped George W. Bush when he tried the same attack on Social Security. The secret: mobilize the public to unite Democrats against any attack on Medicare, and go on offense against Republicans. That's exactly what DFA plans to do.
Because of a new overtime regulation issued this week by the Labor Department, over 13 million workers will get a raise. Starting on December 1, most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year will receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. The previous cutoff for overtime pay, set in 2004, was $23,660.
Unfortunately, the battle is not over yet.
Republicans and their corporate allies have already begun their effort to overturn the new rules. Paul Ryan has said he is "committed" to passing legislation in Congress to stop Americans from getting this raise. President Obama will veto it. Then Congress will try to override it.
That's where DFA members like you come in. Your activism has helped make this expansion of overtime pay possible. Now we need you to defend it against Republican attacks. Please sign my petition today.
Social Security just announced that there will be no increase in benefits, for only the third time in the last 40 years. At the beginning of each year there is usually a cost of living adjustment, giving seniors and veterans more money in their pocket to afford basic needs.
This year, gas prices are low and because of the way the government calculates inflation, they're saying there's no need for a Social Security benefit increase. But we know that rent keeps rising. So does the cost of groceries, health care, medicine, and more. Without a cost of living increase, many people on Social Security will struggle to pay their bills.
We have to do something about it before January 1. And Elizabeth Warren has an answer: the SAVE Benefits Act. We don't have a lot of time.
If Paul Ryan is entitled to this right, so are all hardworking Americans.Take Action!
Reports suggest that Congress and the White House may be near a budget deal that could include cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the unacceptability of any budget deal that includes earned benefit cuts:
"If talk about Social Security benefit cuts in an upcoming budget deal is a trial ballon, it must be popped right now.
"The White House needs to know that any budget deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits or eligibility for those benefits is unacceptable to the American people and roughly equivalent to declaring a holy war on struggling working families near the kick-off of the 2016 election.
"Over the last three years, the American people have said in poll after poll that we should be expanding Social Security benefits, not cutting them, and earlier this year nearly every single Senate Democrat voted for legislation that supported that popular idea.
Founded in 2004, Democracy for America is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
DFA has been one of the leading progressive voices in the fight for the incredibly popular idea of Social Security expansion -- including pushing it forward as a key idea in the 2016 presidential election.
Ahead of today's votes on the Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation and Fast Track bill, Democracy for America wanted to lay out the stakes for those Democrats still contemplating voting for it.
Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America to members of Congress about today's votes:
"Ahead of today's votes we wanted to be very clear to Democratic members of Congress: If you vote for either Medicare-cutting Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation or Fast Track Authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, we will not lift a finger or raise a penny to protect you when you're attacked in 2016, we will encourage our progressive allies to join us in leaving you to rot, and we will actively search for opportunities to primary you with a real Democrat.
"Those primaries could happen next year or they could happen in election cycles to come, but, make no mistake, today's vote to cut Medicare and fast track the destruction of American jobs will be remembered and will either haunt you or make you a hero." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
I'll also note, since our founding in 2004, DFA's one million members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions -- happy to connect you w/ Jim, our Exec. Director Charles or anyone else from our team later this AM.
Communications Director, Democracy for America
Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are teaming up to support Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, and other progressive leaders in Congress to get the debt out of college. These progressive champions are launching a new resolution to build support for debt-free college:
"Resolved, that Congress supports efforts to ensure that, through a combination of efforts, all students have access to debt-free higher education, defined to mean having no debt upon graduation from all public institutions of higher education."
Our goal is simple: Get Congress on record in support of debt-free college and spark a movement to make it a reality. This resolution can be the start of something big -- but we need your support to blow it wide open. Are you with us?Take Action!