CREDO Action Releases Online Ads Targeting Members of Congress for Supporting Medicare Cuts in Trade Package

By May 20, 2015 No Comments

CREDO Action released a series of online ads today targeting members of the House of Representatives and Senate who support Trade Promotion Authority and affiliated legislation which uses Medicare as a piggy bank to pay for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

“Supporters of TPP and Fast Track have found a way to make this dangerous trade agreement even worse, said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director at CREDO Action. “Medicare should not be used as a piggy bank to pay for this dangerous trade agreement,” Zaheed added.

$700 million in cuts to Medicare are included as a pay-for in the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, which is moving concurrently to the bill to give President Obama and the next president Trade Promotion Authority to negotiate trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The first round of advertising will target Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Mark Warner (D-VA), and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Ami Bera (D-CA), with CREDO looking to target more members of Congress in the coming weeks.

An example of one of the ads can be seen below (others available upon request):

CREDO has played a key role in the fight against Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Highlights of CREDO members’ activism on the Trans-Pacific Partnership so far in 2015 include:

12,000+ PHONE CALLS TO DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: Already this year, CREDO activists have made more than 12,500 calls in opposition to Fast Track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Democratic congressional leadership, which includes over 9,800 calls to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden.

MORE THAN 185,000 ACTIVISTS PRESSURE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO RELEASE THE FULL TEXT OF THE TPP: Following a request from Senator Bernie Sanders, in the past few weeks, more than 185,000 CREDO activists have signed a petition calling on the Obama administration to release the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and any other pending trade agreements. After Senators Warren and Brown echoed Senator Sanders’ request in an April 25 letter to President Obama, an additional 179,000 activists signed another petition with a similar ask.

CREDO MEMBERS DONATED MORE THAN $58,000 TO PUBLIC CITIZEN’S GLOBAL TRADE WATCH PROGRAM: In March, CREDO members donated $58,134 to support Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Program’s activism in opposition to Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

70,000+ PETITION HILLARY CLINTON TO OPPOSE FAST TRACK AND TPP: More than 70,000 CREDO activists have signed a petition urging Hillary Clinton to “immediately announce [her] public opposition to Fast Track trade authority and say no to secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

CREDO CUSTOMERS SEND 1,000+ LETTERS TO HOUSE MINORITY WHIP STENY HOYER: More than 1,000 CREDO activists responded to a call to action in their phone bills in January by sending letters to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer urging him to oppose Fast Track for the TPP. Here’s the call to action CREDO customers received in their phone bills:

Highlights of CREDO’s activism against fast-track trade authority for the TPP in previous years include:

NEARLY ONE MILLION PETITION SIGNATURES AGAINST THE TPP IN 2013 AND 2014: In 2013 and 2014, CREDO generated 913,572 petition signatures to Congress and the Obama administration in opposition to Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

NEARLY 12,000 PHONE CALLS TO ELECTED OFFICIALS IN 2013 AND 2014: In 2013 and 2014, CREDO activists made 11,985 phone calls to the Obama administration and members of Congress in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.7 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and tens of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.