Connecticut state workers are now voting for the second time on a tentative agreement reached by their unions and Gov. Malloy to "save jobs, protect benefits and preserve services."
Dozens of unemployed activists and supporters rallied here at Federal Plaza August 5 urging Congress to enact a massive federal jobs program and not to cut badly needed social entitlement programs.
It was billed as a vigil, but it was clearly a thumpin' rally of 300 people saying "Hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."
It was 101 degrees in the shade, but that didn't stop 200 white-haired retirees and others from rallying against any cuts to these programs.
It's toll-free: today and tomorrow, July 14 and 15, call 1-866-251-4044 and voice your opposition to any plans to cut Social Security.
Lawmakers and groups representing 50 million Americans held a press conference here today demanding that Social Security cuts be taken off the deficit reduction table.
Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, explains why the highly-successful program is stronger than you might think.
The Economic Policy Institute says the Progressive Caucus budget plan will cut the deficit better than either the Republicans' help-the-rich plan or Obama's framework.
"It goes to the heart of whether we are serious about reducing the deficit, as opposed to just shrinking government."
The Republican plan sets a dangerous precedent by rejecting revenue increases while proposing the largest single-year cuts in history.