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LIVESTREAM: Sen. Sanders Speaks Out Against Pete Peterson’s Fiscal Summit

[Note: This live event concluded just before 2:00 p.m. ET. For further information, see links below.]

Groups representing middle class families to hold discussion on national budget outside Pete Peterson’s elite gathering

WATCH SENATOR SANDERS LIVE STARTING AT 1:30PM ET

On May 15, Sen. Bernie Sanders will join with citizen groups to protest the Peter G. Peterson “Fiscal Summit” where elite power brokers including House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), former Sen. Alan Simpson, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and former President Bill Clinton will gather inside to discuss a so-called “grand bargain” budget that will cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future and Maya Rockeymoore, president of Global Policy Solutions, will join activists on Tuesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m., at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW outside the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. to protest conservative austerity plans and say, “Hands Off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”

The austerity protest is sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, Health Care for America Now, Progressives United, CREDO Action, Social Security Works, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, and the National Organization for Women.

The Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan, authored by Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), is once again being discussed in Congress as a possible model for bipartisan deficit reduction legislation. Members of Congress should know that the Bowles-Simpson plan would cut Social Security benefits for today’s and tomorrow’s beneficiaries. Of even greater concern, it would end Social Security as we know it.

Below the fold is a fact sheet {pdf) on how the provisions of Bowles-Simpson would undermine Social Security. [cont]

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LIVESTREAM: Sen. Sanders Speaks Out Against Pete Peterson’s Fiscal Summit

Groups representing middle class families to hold discussion on national budget outside Pete Peterson’s elite gathering

WATCH SENATOR SANDERS LIVE STARTING AT 1:30PM ET

On May 15, Sen. Bernie Sanders will join with citizen groups to protest the Peter G. Peterson “Fiscal Summit” where elite power brokers including House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), former Sen. Alan Simpson, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and former President Bill Clinton will gather inside to discuss a so-called “grand bargain” budget that will cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future and Maya Rockeymoore, president of Global Policy Solutions, will join activists on Tuesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m., at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW outside the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. to protest conservative austerity plans and say, “Hands Off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”

The austerity protest is sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, Health Care for America Now, Progressives United, CREDO Action, Social Security Works, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, and the National Organization for Women.

As a refresher about what they are talking about inside, below is a fact sheet we put together about how the Bowles-Simpson destroys Social Security (PDF).

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