House Republicans have not changed their ransom demands. They've simply chosen a different hostage. For now.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warns that "the right-wing bullies in Congress are plotting to take their next hostage."
President Obama is still trying to negotiate an arrangement with Congress to head off or to postpone tax increases on working people and the massive cuts scheduled to begin after Jan. 1.
"Anyone who wants to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits to finance tax giveaways for the rich must have a heart two sizes too small."
With less than two weeks until the Bush tax cuts die and harsh automatic cuts to the human safety net kick in, the GOP insists Democrats agree to cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
"We cannot cut our way to job creation," the Rev. Broadnax told labor and community allies here as they held a press conference out-side of the Delmar-Loop Social Security office.
The Republican plan to raise the eligibility age of Medicare would raise health care costs for seniors, hurt the economy, and put pressure on older Americans.
Diane Fleming first encountered Social Security when she was three years old. Now she's 70, and one of hundreds of people descending on Congress.
Federal budget cuts will devastate social programs, "plunge communities into ruin and destruction, and cost lives."