Democracy for America Doesn’t Have Obama’s Back on Benefit Cuts

Democracy for America's response to reports that  Obama will be pushing for cuts to Social Security benefits in his coming budget:  
"The news that the Democratic President will be openly pushing for cuts to Social Security benefits is a profoundly disturbing shot across the bow for the progressives who called their neighbors, spent weekends knocking doors and donated millions to reelect him."  
"Let's be clear: President Obama, when it comes to cutting Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits, over 200,000 progressive members of your own party don't "have your back" and we are prepared to fight you every step of the way." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
  Key facts about DFA's fight against Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefit cuts:
  • A letter, co-authored by Reps. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Mark Takano (CA-D), that vows to vote against any deal with benefit cuts has 30 congressional co-signers, over 200,000 citizen co-signers, and has been endorsed by 20 major organizations including the Democracy For America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, MoveOn.Org and the National Organization for Women. 
  • The Grayson-Takano letter can be seen at
  • Another 100 members of Congress have signed the Congressional Progressive Caucus's letter opposing any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. 
  • Democracy for America has 1 million members nationwide.
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