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Advocates protest cuts to middle class programs

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Social security, Medicare and Medicaid advocates are calling on Senator Charles Schumer to reject any cuts to these programs during budget negotiations in Congress.

Members of Citizen Action of New York gathered in Binghamton to tell their stories about how they and their families have relied on these middle class programs. They chose Wednesday because it's President Franklin Roosevelt's birthday and the programs all grew out of the Social Security Act, first signed into law by Roosevelt in 1935.

One woman explained how she had to care for her younger siblings at age 25 after both of her parents died. She said without social security and other programs, they wouldn't be where they are today.

"Cutting social security is not acceptable as a financial move, nor is it morally acceptable. What happened to my family can happen to anyone. Although nothing can take away the pain of loss, the future can be insured by taking care of families when tragedy strikes," said Binghamton resident Wanda Campbell.

The group outlined various alternatives they want Schumer to put forth to reduce the deficit rather than cutting social programs.

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