**News Conference Call Today at 11 a.m. ET.**
Senior, Labor, Women and Minority Groups Leaders Fight Budget Plan Called "Truly Dangerous" to Social Security and Medicare by Sen. Baucus
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Progressive leaders representing more than 50 groups will join together in a news conference call this morning to oppose Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Sen. Judd Gregg's, D-N.H., controversial plan to create a "fast track" deficit commission.
The Senate is preparing to vote on legislation this week by Sen. Conrad and Sen. Gregg to create a special commission with extraordinary powers to cut federal spending. Congress will vote on the plan in a "fast track" procedure with limited debate and no opportunity for amendments.
"We write in strong opposition to the proposal of Senators Kent Conrad, Judd Gregg and others to create a deficit-reduction commission that would override the normal legislative process and replace it with expedited procedures prohibiting amendments and limiting debate," the groups declared in a letter to Congress and the White House. "If the Conrad-Gregg proposal were to become law, it could dramatically change by stealth critical benefits and services so vital to America's families."
CONRAD-GREGG BUDGET COMMISSION NEWS CONFERENCE CALL
DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
TIME: 11 a.m. ET
CALL-IN: 888-267-6301, code 3159464
PARTICIPANTS: Roger Hickey, co-director, Campaign for America's Future
Rep. Barbara Kennelly, president, National Committee to Protect Social Security
Gerald Shea, assistant to the president, AFL-CIO
Joan Entmacher, vice president, National Women's Law Center
Hilary Shelton, director, NAACP Washington Bureau
Wade Henderson, director, Leadership Conference for Civil Rights
Nancy Altman, co-director, Project to Defend and Improve Social Security
**NOTE: Space is limited. Media representatives interested in participating should reserve a line by contacting Jennifer Ettinger at email@example.com . The full statement by the 50 groups is available at http://www.ourfuture.org/budgetcommission.**
SOURCE Campaign for America's Future