Earlier this month, representatives from AARP, Alliance for Retired Americans, Virginia AFL-CIO, Virginia Interfaith Center, and Virginia Organizing joined together to relay a message to our Senators.
In five separate delegation visits in Abingdon, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, and Vienna, members of the progressive, labor, faith and senior communities explained the real-life stakes of the budget deal. The group included widows concerned about having access to the same social security benefits they were promised and veterans, grandparents, students, workers, and young people anxious about Congress sacrificing the future of these programs to reach a “grand bargain.”
They urged Senators Webb and Warner to make a promise:
- No tax breaks for the richest 2%
- No benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
It’s critical that our Senators listen to the voices of working people who value the programs they’ve paid into, worked for, earned and deserve to have protected.