Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BREAKING: Janice Hahn Signs On To Progressive Caucus Letter: "I do not support cuts to Social Security"

Our newest member of Congress, Janice Hahn, wasted no time after being sworn in today.

Her first official act?

Signing on to the Congressional Progressive Caucus letter to Nancy Pelosi pledging to oppose any deal that cuts Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Hahn's signature brings to 15 the number of California congress member signatories.

Referring to a Republican bill calling for drastic cuts and a balanced budget amendment that will be voted on in the House later today, Hahn said, "I do not support cuts to Social Security and Medicare. I commend the President and stand behind him on his commitment to veto the ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance Act,’ and urge him to protect these critical programs for millions of Americans.”

Last week, in her first post-election interview, Hahn indicated she'd be willing to compromise on Social Security cuts, saying "Americans want us to get together and come up with common sense solutions... If compromises need to be made, I will certainly follow the lead of the President."

Hahn's statement prompted concerns in the districted, and motivated Venice For Change to partner with progressive activist Asher Huey to petition the congresswoman to sign on to the Progressive Caucus letter.

Nearly 200 of her constituents signed on to the petition. Every signature prompted an email that went directly to her office. Less than 24 hours after the petition went live, Hahn signed on to the CPC letter.

Congresswoman Hahn has also pledged to join the Progressive Caucus, and will make a statement once her membership becomes official.

Venice For Change thanks the congresswoman for acting swiftly to address the concerns of her constituents. We look forward to helping her shape a progressive agenda for our community in the months and years to come.

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