Conrad-Gregg commission debate today in Senate

AARP and Social Security Matters sent these messages:


As early as today, your senators will vote on whether to allow the future of Social Security and Medicare to be decided by a commission without a public debate.

Unless we can count on AARP supporters like you to flood their senators with calls right now – there’s still a chance they will pass this dangerous amendment.

If they do, a special commission would then have fast-track power to propose drastic cuts to the programs that millions of seniors depend on to survive: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. sends this e-mail:

Subject: The Call-In Day is TODAY

Please share with your lists and grassroots! Thanks!

“Say NO to the Fast-Track Commission”
National Call-In Day – January 19, 2010 – # 1.800.998.0180

Contact: Anne Bollinger
Phone: 202.719.0725

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 OWL, AFSCME Retirees,
AFT Program on Retirement and Retirees, Alliance for Retired
Americans, American Association of University Women, Generations
United, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare,
National Senior Citizens Law Center, NOW, Pension Right Center, Wider
Opportunities for Women (WOW) and several other national organizations
are calling on their members to flood the Senate with phone calls
against the Conrad-Gregg Fast Track Commission proposal.

Senators Conrad (D-ND) and Gregg (R-NH) have come up with a special
fast-track commission that they say will cure America’s budget
problems, and they are holding up other legislation until the Senate
votes on their proposal. Debate begins on January 20th.

“It is clear from their press release that Senators Conrad and Gregg
have painted a big red target on Social Security and Medicare,”
Senator Baucus (D-MT) warned. “That’s what this commission is all
about. It’s a big roll of the dice for Social Security and Medicare.”

This type of fast-track commission is undemocratic and takes power
away from Congress to make decisions about Social Security. Social
Security does not contribute to the national debt; it is insurance
that workers have earned through their hard work.

Social Security is fundamental to the economic security of all
Americans, particularly women, seniors, minorities, the disabled
children who lose a parent, people who lose a spouse, and veterans.

“The average Social Security recipient receives $13,860 annually, less
if you are a woman. The fact that Senators Conrad and Gregg think the
way to fix budget shortfalls is to make seniors poorer is shocking and
laughable – first, because Social Security doesn’t contribute in any
way to the national deficit, and second, because essentially Congress
has allowed $150 billion in Wall Street bonuses,” stated, Ashley
Carson, OWL Executive Director. “Robbing grandma to reward Wall
Street fat cats is not sound economics.”


The number for the call-in day is 1.800.998.0180 and has been
generously provided by the National Committee to Preserve Social
Security and Medicare who has been a leader on this issue and whose
members have been making calls already.