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The AFL-CIO is organizing to pressure Super Congress Democrats to not sell out working families by cutting a deal with Republicans. The labor federation sent out an email and is pushing a petition alluding to the significant danger should one Democrat go along with the devastating proposals committee Republicans are supporting:

Urge Democrats on the Super Committee to reject the proposal to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for the 99% and make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.

The debt reduction Super Committee that’s considering these cuts is no ordinary congressional committee. It is empowered by law to propose legislation that cannot be amended and can be rammed through Congress quickly, with minimal debate.

And since it looks like every single Republican on the Super Committee is ready to sell out working families, we need every single Super Committee Democrat to stand strong and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

It's a certainty that the AFL-CIO is also exerting whatever pressure it's able behind the scenes. And really, whatever else you can say about Patty Murray, John Kerry, Max Baucus, Chris Van Hollen, James Clyburn and Xavier Becerra, you would think they'd be smart enough to realize that voting to destroy Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to protect tax breaks for the wealthy would cost them the support of unions and union members for the foreseeable future.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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