The group of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who have been hiking toward Washington to protest potential proposed cuts to Social security and other federal safety-net programs are scheduled to reach their destination Tuesday, a day ahead of the mandated deadline for the so-called congressional supercommittee to release its recommendations to cut the federal deficit.
“They’re marching to call out the congressional Super Committee, which could cut a deal before Wednesday slashing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to protect tax breaks for the 1%,” says an email sent Sunday by MoveOn.org, a prominent progressive advocacy organization. “The marchers’ stories are powerful, and Congress needs to hear them before they slash programs that so many people rely on.”
The supercommittee was tasked with identifying more than $1 trillion in ways to close the federal budget deficit over 10 years. It is increasingly unlikely supercommittee Democrats and Republicans will strike a deficit deal, however.
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Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.