From the page: "One running theme of deficit reduction negotiations is that both parties support domestic spending cuts in their opening bids - Republicans demand them, and Democrats champion them alongside tax increases for high income earners.
Now a coalition of three labor unions - AFSCME, SEIU and National Education Association - are launching a six-figure ad buy pressuring swing-state Senate Democrats and targeted House Republicans to oppose spending cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and education - three items that neither side has taken off the table in talks about defusing a looming austerity bomb.
The ad campaign reflects an effort to upend a Washington status quo where Democrats are pushing for spending cuts to lure Republicans into supporting tax increases. The groups are nervous that President Obama and Democrats may go along with a deal that cuts the safety net.
âoeWe havenât heard any assurances [from the White House or Democratic leadership] on anything at this point,â Mary Kusler, director of government relations for NEA, told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. âoeThatâs why weâre continuing to remind everybody that we need to craft a deal that puts middle class families first.â
On the call, the three groups unveiled a new survey they commissioned, conducted by the Mellman Group, which said voters would oppose a âoegrand bargainâ that goes after programs like Social Security, Medicare, education and funding for local police and firefighters."