Stop Order: Protect SSI + Medicare

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 Stop the Executive Order and Protect Social Security and Medicare, now   :) Stop the Executive Order and Protect Social Security and Medicare Take Action!  Last week, AAUW Action Network members sent thousands of messages to their senators opposing a commission that would seek to reduce the federal budget deficit by cutting Social Security and Medicare programs.  Now, it seems that President Obama is considering issuing an executive order creating such a commission, which would have a devastating and disproportionately negative impact on women.  We know you're in the midst of a busy holiday season, and we're sorry to interrupt this time with friends and family.  But we didn't think this could wait.  There's a chance the president could establish this commission before the end of the year, and we knew you'd want the chance to make your voice heard on this critical issue.  Contact the president now and urge him not to establish this undemocratic, entitlement-cutting commission.  Social Security is one of our country's most successful anti-poverty programs, providing benefits to children, disabled workers, surviving spouses, and retirees. Without Social Security benefits more than half of older women would fall into poverty.  In addition, more than two-thirds of unmarried women would be living below the poverty line without the help of Social Security, which also supports more children than Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), also known as welfare.  This commission's recommendations would be crafted behind closed doors, the normal process of debate would be ignored, and no amendments would be allowed before a vote. This 'all or nothing' commission would fast-track cuts to these critical programs. AAUW opposes this clearly undemocratic, non-transparent commission process. The Social Security program continues to run a surplus and is expected to be able to pay full benefits for another 30 years without affecting the deficit, giving Congress ample time to make adjustments to future benefits through the normal legislative process.  And the best way to way to reign in the costs of Medicare is through the current health care reform bills, not by cutting benefits to the millions of Americans who depend on the program for their health care.  In these tough economic times, cutting social programs like Social Security and Medicare could be devastating to women and families across our nation. Now more than ever, these programs need to be protected and expanded. AAUW is not opposed to reforming and improving these programs, but we must tell President Obama that the 'all or nothing,' undemocratic process of the commission is not the way to do it. Take Action!Urge President Obama to refrain from creating an undemocratic commission that would target Social Security and Medicare programs.  Simply click on the "Take Action" link in the upper right corner or copy and paste the following URL into your Internet browser.  Then follow the instructions to compose and send your message. For more information, read our position papers on Social Security.  The grassroots liaisons in AAUW's new Leadership Corps program will be reaching out to AAUW branch leaders to provide mentoring and assistance. Whether you are a member of an AAUW branch (an officer or not) or a member-at-large interested in becoming involved with other AAUW members, please fill out the online form here to indicate areas of branch programming or administration for which you would like assistance. Washington Update is AAUW's free, members-only weekly e-bulletin offering an insider's view on the legislative process, the latest policy news, resources for advocates, programming ideas, and updates from the Public Policy and Government Relations Department. Subscribe today! Read the 2009-2011 AAUW Public Policy Program. Become part of the AAUW national community and break through barriers for women and girls.  Join now. Strengthen AAUW's voice with policy-makers! Donate now. Connect with AAUW online via our website and blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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