Our senator, Patty Murray, is co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Although Murray’s record for progressive goals is better than most other Democratic senators’, scuttlebutt from the other Washington says that the six Democrats on the Super Committee are leaning to the right of the Cat Food Commission in their recommendations for spending cuts.

Since Simpson-Bowles recommended cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, at this point cuts to those essential programs are certain to be in the Super Committee’s recommendations, since every Republican on the Committee has spoken out in favor of cuts—or worse—to those programs.

Before they submit their report on November 23, let’s have our say where we can best be heard: at her offices.

Our two congressional districts, WA-02 and WA-06, are coordinating this month’s noontime Brown Bag Lunch Vigils on Wednesday, November 16, to be at Patty’s offices in Tacoma and Everett. While we’re there, we’ll pay visits to our respective representatives, Rick Larsen and Norm Dicks, whose offices are conveniently near Patty’s.

The message will be strong and unambiguous:

  • No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid!
    Cosponsor H Con Res 72
  • Stop the handouts to Big Pharma!
    Negotiate prescription drug prices under
    Medicare Part D
  • Make Wall Street pay and create JOBS!
    Sponsor the Financial Transaction Tax
    Make jobs, not cuts

Bring a sign or use one of ours. Just be there—and bring your friends.

RSVP for WA-02’s BBLV here and WA-06’s BBLV here, where there will be maps to the events. Find out more about this month’s BBLV here, and learn about Operation Super-committee here.

Remember, that’s next Wednesday, November 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. It’s not too late to sway Patty back toward The People instead of the corporatocracy. Raise your sign and voice with us at the Brown Bag Lunch Vigil.

In solidarity,

Bob Burr, WA-02 Brown Bag Lunch Vigil organizer
Roberta McNair, WA-06 Brown Bag Lunch Vigil organizer