As lawmakers race against time to work out a deal on the
federal budget before the dreaded “fiscal cliff” goes into effect,
protesters on Thursday called on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to reject any
plan that results in spending cuts to the country’s social safety net.
than 100 demonstrators gathered in Federal Plaza for what organizers
described as their effort to pressure the Democratic lawmaker to stand
firm on a fiscal plan that allows the Bush-era tax cuts to expire
for the top 2 percent of Americans, or those earning more than $250,000
Protestors were also calling on Durbin, who served on President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform,
to reject proposed cuts to social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid
and Social Security, saying such a move would have a Great
Depression-style effect for the most vulnerable of Americans.
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