If Congress fails to immediately extend benefits more than two million jobless workers will lose their lifeline in December.
"This is a brutal time and it is a time to fight back!" said Robby Stern, president of the Puget Sound Alliance of Retired Americans.
A week after being re-elected as chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. John Larson joined with retired union members at the state capitol who were calling for the protection and expansion of Social Security.
Angry but undaunted, the labor movement called for the “lame duck” Conngress to approve an extension of unemployment benefits before they adjourn for the holidays in December.
In the 2010 mid-term elections, there was no mandate.
A leading congressional progressive issued a counter-plan to the one advocated by the deficit commission's co-chairs. The plan would reduce deficits - but not on the backs of working people.
Proposals for major cuts in Social Security floated by the deficit commission co-chairs are an attempt to "bully" seniors "while Wall Street millionaires just skate on through scot-free."
The Nov. 10 preliminary report from the federal budget deficit commission "tells working Americans to 'Drop Dead.'"
On Saturday President Obama repeated his position that tax cuts for the middle class should be continued and tax cuts for the rich should be ended, but one Democrat is already caving in to Republicans.
President Obama signaled this weekend that he will push for action on the economy during the lame duck Congress this month.