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******MEDIA ADVISORY****** DFA to Host Live Web Call with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Nancy Altman from Social Security Works to Discuss Progressive Budget Strategy With Short Term Compromise to Extend Budget Deadline, Progressives Strategize on How to Pass a Budget that Protects the Middle Class WHAT: Live call with DFA members, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Nancy Altman, Co-Director of Social Security Works to strategize on budget in next few weeks. WHEN: Tues. March 1 at 8PM EST CALL IN NUMBER: 1-877-669-3239 Access Code: 314 506 617 WHY: "With Republicans taking a slash-and-burn approach to vital programs that will create jobs and support working people, it is critical right now to make sure that the Senate passes a responsible budget," said Sen. Sherrod Brown. "While it appears that a government shutdown is not imminent, we must use this time to make sure the budget does not protect wealthy corporate interests at the expense of middle class America." ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Meet Mia's Mom

A message from DFA Chief of Staff, Mia Moore: I'd like to introduce you to my mom, Dee. As a speech pathologist with the Milwaukee Public Schools, she helps kids learn how to talk. Sometimes these kids struggle because of a birth defect, sometimes it's because the kids have special developmental needs. In more than 35 years, my mom's helped over 700 kids, devoting herself to figuring out exactly what each child needs to learn how to talk and then patiently working with them day by day and week by week. Each time we chat, she's got a new story about one of the kids she's working with and the progress he's made. And she absolutely lights up when she tells it, I can hear it through the phone. Please stand with my mom and thousands more like her in our virtual march in solidarity with Wisconsin's unions. Governor Walker's attacks on hard-working, devoted teachers like my mom are outrageous, teachers' salaries are not the reason the state of Wisconsin has a budget crisis. And his actions have driven teachers' morale to the lowest it's been since my mom's been working with Milwaukee Public Schools. My mom wrote me last night to say thanks to DFA for supporting Wisconsin, and I wanted to share her gratitude with you. It's been a big boost to her and her friends. For 25 years, her teachers' union has accepted wage increases that barely match the rate of inflation in order to maintain quality health insurance and pension benefits when they retire. They've negotiated in good faith with their school board and Governor Walker is now using dictatorial tactics to wipe it away. We can't let this happen. Please join the march and stand in solidarity with my mom today. Thanks for everything you do. -Mia Mia Moore, Chief of Staff Democracy for America
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Speaker Boehner: Wrong Answer

Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was asked a rather obvious question based on this point: If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back. You know what his answer was? "So be it." Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their jobs, the Republican response is "so be it." It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward. Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes the rich and corporations pay their fair share. ADD YOUR NAME NOW The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one. Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs -- just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold Obama hostage. What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll win this fight. The majority of America is on our side. 1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling middle class. Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be it." 2) INVEST IN JOBS Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world." 3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries already making millions in net profits. We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in corporate taxes. ADD YOUR NAME TODAY This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats fighting for them in Washington. It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who they are costs Speaker John Boehner his job, then so be it.
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Threats to Social Security Are Not Over

The threats to undermine Social Security continue. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that four Senators, Crapo, Coburn, Conrad, and Durbin(!), are meeting regularly on a plan to reintroduce the ideas from the Deficit Commission that include raising the retirement age and cutting Social Security benefits. Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Cantor says that Social Security is still on the table to be cut. We can't let this happen. We want to make sure that Congress understands what they are doing when they plan to cut the rug out from under working people who need Social Security to support themselves, their families, and their communities. That's why we are collecting stories from folks like you to share with Congress and to put in TV ads for everyone to see. Yes! I have a Social Security story I want to share! I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll contribute $5 to put these stories on the air. Social Security is a promise we made with each other to support one another in retirement or in cases of disability. This promise is how we keep our communities stable and secure when we need it most. We will share these stories with Progressive Members of Congress to talk about on the House and Senate floor, we will send your stories to all Members of Congress, and we will use some stories for a TV ad to make sure that everyone knows the faces of people who depend on Social Security. Yes! I want to make sure members of Congress hear my story! I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll contribute so that others' stories can be shared. Thank you for all that you do.
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