MoveOn presses Dems to take hard line against Medicare cuts

The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org is pressuring Democratic negotiators to take a hard line against proposed cuts to Medicare in talks to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
 
MoveOn.org has asked its members to flood the offices of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (D-Mont.) and Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) with calls demanding they resist Medicare cuts.
 

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They have also targeted the House Democratic negotiators, Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
 

“The Republicans have made their agenda crystal clear — they want to end Medicare as we know it. It is now up to Democrats to take a strong stand and take Medicare cuts off the table,” said MoveOn director Justin Ruben.
 
“Over the next few weeks we will continue to escalate our campaign targeting Democrats to make sure they don't let Republicans off the hook for their attacks on Medicare,” Ruben said.
 
The negotiators working on the debt-limit impasse are scheduled to meet again Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in a room off the Senate chamber. Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE is leading the talks.
 
Republicans have taken a hard line against tax increases heading into the talks.
 
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (Ky.) has ruled out linking tax increases and tax-code reform to action on the debt limit.
 
MoveOn alerted its members in an email Tuesday morning that negotiators would be convening later in the day.
 
“Can you call Rep. Van Hollen right now and tell him to take Medicare cuts off the table in today's meeting?” the group wrote in one message.
 
The federal government hit its debt limit last week and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has begun to maneuver accounts to avert a national default.
 
Treasury officials estimate that Congress must approve an increase in the debt limit by Aug. 2 to avoid an eventual default.