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Stop the 50 “Ribble Republicans” from cutting Social Security and Medicare

Our federal government is being held hostage by a band of Republican extremists who want to radically re-shape our country.

While Republicans have made high-profile attempts to defund President Obama’s signature health care law, that’s not their only target.

50 House Republicans, led by Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin , sent a letter to Speaker Boehner urging him to make cuts to Social Security benefits before the debt ceiling is raised and our government re-opened.

Paul Ryan has published an op-ed asking for the same thing: Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in exchange for an increase to the debt ceiling.

Rep. Ribble’s ideas about Social Security reads like a wish list straight out of the Romney/Ryan play book:

• Raising the retirement age
• Slashing annual cost of living adjustments through a new formula known as “Chained CPI”
• Means testing for Social Security recipients

Cutting benefits for those most in need is outrageous enough. Demanding them as a precondition for funding the government and ensuring we don’t default on our national debt obligations is both reckless and irresponsible.

Our Social Security system needs to be expanded, not cut. Cost of living adjustments already struggle to keep up with the rising costs that seniors face every day. If these “Ribble Republicans” get their way, everyone who receives Social Security now, or who will receive it in the future, will see less and less in return for what they paid in over their lives.

Speak out today and tell these extremists to stop their hostage-taking.

  1. Sign the online petitionshttp://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/ribble-republicans-are-coming-for-your-social-security
    http://www.strengthensocialsecurity.org/colacut
    http://action.usaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=579&track=taf
  2. Tell Congress to stop talking about our EARNED BENEFITS as if Social Security was some kind of welfare program. entitlementreform@mail.house.gov
  3. Get more representatives to sign on to expanding Social Security
    Tom Harkin’s Strengthen Social Security Senate bill 567 has been joined by a House Bill 3116 sponsored by Rep Loretta Sanchez. Only Jim McDermott has so far cosponsored this. Ask our other representatives to do so.
    http://www.harkin.senate.gov/press/release.cfm?i=341035
  4. Check out the following articles
    “Cost-saving adjustments to Social Security and Medicare” on the table again?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/on-day-3-of-shutdown-focus-turns-to-debt-ceiling-deadline/2013/10/03/21f42abc-2c24-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html
    Both sides agree that a potential deal could involve replacing deep budget cuts known as the sequester with cost-saving adjustments to Social Security and Medicare, such as using a less generous measure of inflation to calculate cost-of-living changes.Dean Baker | Will Seniors Have to Pay for President Obama’s Victory on Budget Standoff?
    http://www.nationofchange.org/will-seniors-have-pay-president-obama-s-victory-budget-standoff-1381242031
    Whacking seniors with a cut to their Social Security and higher medical expenses makes this situation worse, not better. It means that they will have less money to spend, further reducing demand in the economy.
  5. Phone, fax and snail mail contact information for all WA State congressional representatives are further below. Free faxes at http://faxzero.com/ and http://www.gotfreefax.com/. Email, for obvious reasons, is restricted to constituents. Phones and faxes are not. For critical issues, consider adding faxes to your activist arsenal. Sometimes staff will ask your address when you call. If you don’t live in the representative’s district, explain that you are holding all members of Congress responsible for avoiding cuts to our lifeline programs.

A note on free faxes: they must be from a valid email address. When you send a fax, they send it first to your email address and give you a link to click on. Only clicking the link you got by email will send the fax. Limit 2 per day, no more than 3 pages. For $10/month you can send more faxes and more pages. If you want to ramp up your activities as an online activist, and can afford it, this would be a good investment.


Addresses of all Washington State members of US Congress

Senator Patty Murray
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

District Office:

2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174


Senator Maria Cantwell

311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

District Office:

915 Second Avenue
Suite 512
Seattle, WA 98174

 

Representative Adam Smith (WA-09)
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:
101 Evergreen Building
15 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

 

Representative Jim McDermott (WA-07)
1035 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:

1809 7th Avenue, Suite 1212
Seattle, WA 98101-1399

 

Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06)

1429 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 2051

District Office:

950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 1230
Tacoma, WA 98402

District Office:

345 6th St, Suite 500
Bremerton, WA 98337

Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
318 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:

Canyon Park Business Center,
22121 17th Ave SE, Bldg E, Suite 220
Bothell, WA 98021

 

 

Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02)

2113 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

 

 

District Office:

2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9F
Everett, WA 98201

District Office:

119 North Commercial Street Suite 1350
Bellingham , WA 98225

 

Representative Denny Heck (WA-10)

425 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:

6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

District Office:

420 College Street SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)
1127 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:

22605 SE 56th Street Suite 130
Issaquah, WA 98029

 

Representative Doc Hastings (WA-04)
1203 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4704

District Office:

2715 Saint Andrews Loop, Suite D
Pasco, WA 99301

District Office:

402 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 760
Yakima, WA 98901

 

Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05)
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:

29 South Palouse Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362

District Office:

10 North Post, Suite 625
Spokane, WA 99201

District Office:

555 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114

Rep. Jaime Hererra-Beutler (WA-03)

1130 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District Office:

O.O. Howard House (Officers’ Row)
750 Anderson Street, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661

District Office:

Chehalis City Hall Building
350 N. Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532


Phones and Faxes of all Washington State members of US Congress

Senator Patty Murray senator_murray@murray.senate.gov
Web:http://www.senate.gov/~murray/

http://www.senate.gov/~murray/contact.html

Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238

District Phone: (206) 553-5545
Fax: (206) 553-0891


Senator Maria Cantwell

http://cantwell.senate.gov/

Phone: 202-224-3441
Fax:
202-228-0514
District Phone:
206-220-6400
Fax:
206-220-6404

 

Representative Adam Smith
Web: http://adamsmith.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-8901
Fax: (202) 225-5893
District Phone: (425)793-5180
Toll Free: (888) 764-8409
District FAX:
(425)793-5181

 

Representative Jim McDermott
http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/contact.shtml

Phone: (202) 225-3106
Fax: (202) 225-6197
District Phone:
(206) 553-7170
District FAX:
(206) 553-7175

 

Representative Derek Kilmer

http://kilmer.house.gov/contact/email-me

Phone: 202-225-5916
Fax:
District Phone: (253) 272-3515
District Phone: (360) 373-9725

 

Representative Suzan DelBene

https://delbene.house.gov/contact-me

Phone: 202-225-6311
Fax: 202-226-1606

District Phone: (425) 485-0085
District FAX: (425) 485-0083

 

Representative Rick Larsen

http://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick/email-rick

Phone: 202-225-2605
Fax: 202-225-4420

District Phone: 425-252-3188
District FAX: 425-252-6606
District Phone: 360-733-4500
District FAX: 360-733-5144

 

Representative Denny Heck

http://dennyheck.house.gov/contact

Phone: 202-225-9740
Fax: 202-225-0129
District Phone: 253-208-6172
District Phone: 360-459-8514

 

Representative Dave Reichert

https://reichert.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Phone: 202-225-7761
Fax: 202-225-4282
District Phone: (425) 677-7414
Toll Free: (877) 920-9208
District FAX: (425) 270-3589

 

Representative Doc Hastings

http://hastings.house.gov/contact/

Phone: 202-225-5816
Fax: 202-225-3251

District Phone: 509-543-9396
District FAX: 509-545-1972

District Phone: (509) 452-3243
District FAX: (509) 452-3438

 

Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers

https://mcmorrisforms.house.gov/write-to-cathy1

Phone: 202-225-2006
Fax: 202-225-3392

District Phone: 509-684-3481
District FAX: 509-353-2412

District Phone: 509-684-3481
District Phone: 509-529-9358

Representative Jaime Hererra-Beutler

http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/contact/

Phone: 202-225-3536
Fax: 202-225-3478
District Phone: 360-695-6292
District FAX: 360-695-6197

 

 

 

 

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