For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013
VIRGINIA ORGANIZING AND HCAN URGE NO CUTS TO MEDICAID, MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY
Winchester, Va. – On Wednesday, February 20, Virginia Organizing leaders gathered outside of U.S. Representative Frank Wolf’s Winchester office to urge the Congressman to put the needs of all people over tax breaks for the wealthy in the latest budget negotiations.
Donna Phillips, a Virginia Organizing leader and one of the speakers at the media conference, said, “Representative Wolf and all members of Congress should support other means of raising revenue instead of cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. These programs are too important to cut so the wealthy and big corporations can continue to receive tax breaks.”
Virginia Organizing and Health Care for America Now (HCAN) called on Congress during the “fiscal cliff” discussions to make decisions that are fair and do not increase the tax burden for those with the least financial resources. Since the budget negotiations on the sequester were pushed back, the groups continue to urge Congress not to sacrifice the needs of all Americans in order to fund tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
“Many seniors in Virginia rely on Social Security and Medicare – we plan around these programs and make choices about our personal budgets based on them,” said Virginia Organizing leader Jalmeen Soni. “We cannot let Congress jeopardize our children’s future by cutting the programs we benefit from now. Instead, we need to be closing the corporate tax loopholes and asking them to pay their fair share.”
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Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.