January 15, 2010

Join Tuesday's day-of-action to protect Social Security, Medicare

Source: NYSUT News Wire

National Call-In Day: Tue., Jan. 19
Toll-Free: 1-800-998-0180

NYSUT members are joining concerned citizens across the nation Tuesday, Jan. 19 in calling Congress to express opposition to the Conrad-Greg Fast Track Commission proposal.

About the 'fast track'

Debate in the Senate begins Wednesday, Jan. 20 for a vote on legislation that could eventually slash Social Security and Medicare benefits without any further debate or consideration by Congress.

The so-called Entitlement Reform Commission - the creation of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) - would supposedly create a blueprint to reduce the deficit by cutting vital government programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

But it gets worse. Under the Gregg-Conrad scheme, the panel's recommendation would be "fast tracked" with no amendments allowed, just an up-or-down vote.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) says the commission is "designed to minimize Congress' role in making these vital decisions. Or as some might argue, to provide political cover for those decisions."

How you can help

TAKE ACTION: Call your representatives in Congress Tuesday, Jan 19 and tell them to say "NO" to the Fast-Track Commission.

The toll-free number is 1-800-998-0180.

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