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Tell House Democrats: Take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits off the chopping block.

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    Tell House Democrats: Take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits off the chopping block.

    Over the next few weeks, we'll be in the fight of our lives to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.

    House Democrats can help take these programs off the chopping block by co-signing a letter written by progressive champions Rep. Alan Grayson and Rep. Mark Takano that draws a line in the sand on benefit cuts.

    You can read the entire letter below, but here's the key part:

    Voters across the political spectrum oppose cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, and we must do whatever it takes to protect these vital benefits from cuts.

    That's why we write to let you know that we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.

    Tell House Democrats: Co-sign the Grayson-Takano letter to take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits off the chopping block.

    If we act boldly, progressives have an opportunity to change the debate that is happening in Washington, DC.

    That is why we are joining an incredible coalition including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, MoveOn and other progressive movement groups to build support for the Grayson-Takano letter.

    Tell House Democrats: Co-sign the Grayson-Takano letter to take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits off the chopping block.

    Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are extremely vital, and extremely successful, parts of our social safety net.

    But Republicans are cynically using the deficit as an excuse to undermine and destroy these programs.

    And unfortunately, President Obama is playing into their hands.

    It's not enough for Democrats to take action after another bad deal is cut.

    If enough House Democrats stand together now by co-signing the Grayson-Takano letter, they can take cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits off the table.

    Tell House Democrats: Co-sign the Grayson-Takano letter to take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits off the chopping block.

    Here's the text of the Grayson-Takano letter:

    Dear President Obama:

    We join millions of Americans in applauding your Inaugural Address declaration that "we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."

    Democrats have built the most popular government programs in American history -- including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- by working with Republicans whenever possible and by defeating Republican opposition whenever necessary. The torch has been passed to today's elected officials, and we must carry it forward boldly.

    Voters across the political spectrum oppose cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, and we must do whatever it takes to protect these vital benefits from cuts.

    That's why we write to let you know that we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.

    We firmly believe that the best way to reduce our deficit and make our economy grow is to create jobs, and we look forward to a returned focus on this core issue.

    We also know that there are common-sense reforms that would reduce health-care costs and save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars without cutting benefits. If Republicans oppose these reforms, and insist on benefits cuts, that proves they are not concerned about the deficit -- but instead are trying to tear the social safety net and cause pain for our constituents who can least absorb it.

    Finally, Americans agree that there is more that must be done to require the rich and giant corporations to pay their fair share. Indeed, it is their patriotic duty to do so.

    As you negotiate with Republicans, you deserve to know that millions of Americans and the below signed Members of Congress stand ready to fight for the principles listed above.

    Sincerely,