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Action-A-Day 9/13: Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s Sneak Attack on Social Security

A handful of conservative Democrats in Congress are teaming up with right-wing Republicans to sneak through legislation that would slash our Social Security benefits. Worse, they are effectively taking Social Security hostage by attaching the scheme to a routine debt ceiling increase that must be signed into law to prevent the U.S. government from defaulting on its debts. (Trump's 9/6/17 deal with Pelosi and Schumer on Hurricane Harvey relief included a three-month suspension of the debt ceiling, which pushes back the default threat --from the end of September to the end of December -- but does eliminate it.) 

A final deal could be struck that would lead to devastating cuts to Social Security benefits. We need to fight back now to make sure Congress knows that this or any other attack on Social Security benefits is unacceptable.

Tell Congress: No backdoor cuts to Social Security. Reject the Social Security Commission Act of 2017.

The Social Security Commission Act of 2017 would establish a 13-member commission, made up of seven Republicans and six Democrats, tasked with developing a proposal for ensuring Social Security’s solvency for the next 75 years. Congressional leaders would then fast-track the commission’s proposal without amendments, with limited debate and with only a simple majority’s approval in the Senate.The purpose of this sham commission is to justify and jam through cuts to Social Security benefits.

During the Obama administration, Republicans in Congress began the dangerous practice of holding the country’s credit rating hostage while demanding cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Even now, with one of their own in the White House, they are planning to do it again – and some conservative Democrats like Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) are helping them do it.

We will not stand by while conservatives in Washington and on Wall Street take Social Security hostage. That’s why we’re joining our friends at Social Security Works to fight back against this dangerous proposal to fast-track slashing Social Security benefits before it is too late.

1. Ask your rep in the U.S. House to reject the Social Security Commission Act of 2017.

Representative Andy Harris
DC office – (202) 225-5311

Representative Jamie Raskin
Raskin has said: “#SocialSecurity is an historic accomplishment that has lifted millions out of poverty. We need to strengthen, reinvest in and expand it.” (Twitter, 5/30/17)
Thank him for his support of Social Security and ask for his vote against HR 3423.

2. Sign the petition

3. Share resources to correct misconceptions about Social Security.

Video: Strengthen Social Security: Don’t Cut It (2:34)
(Source: Social Security Works)

Chart showing Social Security continues to be the most important anti-poverty program, according to the Census Bureau.
(Source: PewResearch FactTank)

Find other resources at

Credo Action and Social Security Works