WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of liberal groups including MoveOn.org as well as a number of labor unions, launched a webpage today that provides information about all 12 members of the powerful Joint Select Committee on Budget Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee.
The bipartisan Super Committee is charged with proposing at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by Nov. 23. Everything is on the table during its deliberations including cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as raising new revenues.
The webpage highlights the votes the committee members have taken on these issues in 2011 and statements they have made about the issues. It also includes information showing the number of Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries in states and congressional districts represented by the Super Committee members.
“This new webpage shows that half of the members of the Super Committee have already voted to make deep cuts to Social Security benefits while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy,” said Eric Kingson, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign. “They have also voted to end Medicare as we know it and to cut Medicaid by $1.4 trillion. All it takes is one more vote on the Super Committee and the economic security of tens of millions of Americans would be put in great peril. This webpage will help average Americans keep track of this powerful committee and the crucial decisions it is making.”
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