A coalition of major progressive organizations delivered boxes of petitions signed by more than 2 million people opposing President Obama's proposed cuts to Social Security to the White House on Tuesday.
The groups, typically supportive of the president, have turned against him over his budget plan. Obama offers to use an inflation formula that lowers cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits. Those on the left oppose the idea, known as "chained CPI," which he has put on the table before.
"We are here because there is a serious disconnect between president Obama and the American people on the issue of the chained CPI," Nancy Altman, the founding co-director of Social Security Works. "The chained CPI, however technical it may sound, is a Social Security cut."
Obama trades the cuts to Social Security and Medicare for new tax revenue in an effort to reach a grand bargain with Republicans to reduce the deficit.
The groups delivering the petitions included MoveOn.org, Health Care for America Now, National Organization for Women, and Social Security Works.