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Only 7 percent of Americans live in House districts represented by a member of Congress who has promised to “vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”

The other 93 percent of Americans are represented by House members who’ve refused to make that promise by signing a letter initiated by Congressmen Alan Grayson and Mark Takano.

Twenty-eight members of Congress have signed the letter: Brown, Cartwright, Castor, Clay, Conyers, D. Davis, DeFazio, Ellison, Faleomavaega, Grayson, G. Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, A. Hastings, Honda, Kaptur, Lee, Lynch, C. Maloney, Markey, McGovern, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Serrano, Takano, Velazquez and Waters.

If you see your representative’s name in the above paragraph, click here to send a note of thanks for standing up to fully protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

If your representative’s name isn’t listed above, click here to urge that your member of Congress take a stand to fully protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has said that cutting Social Security would “strengthen” it, and President Obama has emphasized his eagerness to cut Social Security’s cost of living adjustments. Overall, the pressure for austerity is escalating.

Click here if you don’t want your congressional representative to have any wiggle room on voting to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.

Our message needs to be clear and unequivocal: It’s not enough to voice opposition to such cuts. We want members of Congress to sign the Grayson-Takano letter, making a firm commitment to vote against any cuts in those vital programs. We want a wiggle-proof commitment.

To let your member of Congress know that you want a “no” vote on any proposals to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, click here.

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Norman Solomon, CommonDreams: Which Members of Congress Are Standing Up for Economic Decency -- And Which “Progressives” Aren’t
Dean Baker, Truthout: The 3 Percent Cut to Social Security, a.k.a. the Chained CPI

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