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When you asked the Senator if they would do everything in their power to stop this deal if it includes the reported cuts to Social Security benefits, what did they say?

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She said that Harkin will continue to work on that issue: NOT to cut Social Security

— cedar rapids, 2012-12-18 08:03:05

A young woman answered. I said we would oppose any cuts to Social Security. My husband and I are 74 and 70. We are raising two special needs children, 18 and 13 and we need every penny of our Social Security to survive. She said she would pass the information on to Senator Harkin and that he opposes any cuts. No one wants to be cut but we, as seniors, have no way to make up the cuts. No jobs and absolutely no way to make up! We have been getting by on the amount we have expected would be there for us -- while expenses have been going up. Our family's well-being depends upon Social Security.

— Mount Ayr, 2012-12-18 08:13:16

A young woman answered and I didn't even have to get into the subject of the Social Security cuts.....she thanked me for calling and said Senator Harkin is aware and is continuing to pursue the situation.

— Newton, 2012-12-18 08:23:44

I believe Senator Harkin of Iowa will continue the fight he's always promised and succeeded to do which happens to be fight for the rights of all and not to touch programs that help the disabled, poor and elderly....

— Clive, 2012-12-18 08:26:16

She will pass our message along

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 08:26:39

Harkin believes SS should be off the table.

— Des Moines, 2012-12-18 08:42:05

Harkin has been very firm about protecting Social Security & will remain so.

— University Heights, 2012-12-18 08:52:06

The woman who answered the phone said he is not in favor of the proposed cuts.

— Cedar Rapids, 2012-12-18 08:59:57

the young woman said that senator harin is aware of this and is doing everything he can to support us. i said i'm on medicare and have a fixed income and i can't afford any cuts to medicare.

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 09:09:28

Spoke with nice lady whom informed me Sen Harkin agrees. No changes to Social Security!

— Cedar Rapids, 2012-12-18 09:20:05

Young. woman answered, states Senator stand with us. He stands for no cuts to ss. Told her upsetting entitlements to big corp no cuts but take from seniors, poor and middle class.

— Clinton, 2012-12-18 09:26:42

She said that Harkin is a big advocate for SS and that he is doing all he can

— Fertile, 2012-12-18 09:29:30

I was assured by the young lady that answered the phone, Senator Harkin will not vote for any cut to SS. He is up for re-election I hope he keeps his word.

— Urbandale, 2012-12-18 09:30:03

I talked with a staff person. Very nice. Senator Harkin is aware of the bad deal now being discussed.

— Ankeny, 2012-12-18 09:33:19

Senator Harkin will continue to fight cuts to Social Security.

— Ankeny, 2012-12-18 09:43:13

"I will be happy to pass on your message to Senator Harkin."

— Decorah, 2012-12-18 10:00:19

I was told Harkin is dead set AGAINST CUTTING SOSCIAL SECURITY.

— sanborn, 2012-12-18 10:05:48

He does not support any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits age changes.

— Marengo, 2012-12-18 10:09:27

A young woman answered and thanked for the call. Asked if I had called my other members of Congress and said that Senator Harkin appreciates the support of his standing strong ("standing strong" were my words.)

— Ames, 2012-12-18 10:17:16

The Senator is steadfast in protecting middle class and seniors.

— Odebolt, 2012-12-18 10:21:45

I am also a SSI/Disability reciepient, and it's hard enough to make ends meet, we don't need to have our benefits cut anymore than they are already.

— Davenport, 2012-12-18 10:36:34

Do not mess with Social Security we paid into it we deserve it other cuts can be made Like the defence department, Homeland Secusity, That should be FBI, CIA

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 10:56:54

The staffer reported that Harkin was not in favor of any cuts to Social Security benefits. They had not reviewed the latest "deal" however... I also shared the same sentiment with Sen. Grassley's office.

— Marion, 2012-12-18 10:57:15


— Cedar Rapids, 2012-12-18 11:06:21


— Dubuque, 2012-12-18 11:11:18

He agrees. There should be no cuts.

— Webster City, 2012-12-18 11:16:49

Senator Harkin will not support any cuts to Social Security. And will continue his effort to preserve it.

— , 2012-12-18 11:38:46

He does not support the 5% decrease and will oppose

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 12:03:09

young women answered-- gave her the info/she said Harkin was not caving

— davenport, 2012-12-18 12:23:51

Secretary said that he opposes cuts to Socila Security and recommended calls to the rest of the Iowa delegation

— Webster City, 2012-12-18 12:33:28

The young woman that answered was quick to let me know Sen Harkin will not stand for balancing the budget on the backs of the poor.

— Kellerton, 2012-12-18 12:35:56

I also said the $400,000 "compromise" on tax hiked income is ridiculous. Stick to $250,000!

— fairfield, 2012-12-18 12:36:39

No answer to phone call. I have contacted him before on this issue and asked him to stand strong. I am physically and mentally disabled trying to survive on SSI. Thank God for Democrats!

— Mount Ayr, 2012-12-18 12:36:44

I am a senior that has paid into Social Security from the time I got my first job. This is not an entitlement and no one should be taking my Social Security away from me. Ronda J. Fraser

— Evansdale, 2012-12-18 12:43:38

The woman that answered said that Senator Harkin is a strong advocate for protecting social security as it is now. He has said that he will not support this proposed agreement if it in any way cuts Social Security. I told her that we are supporting the Senator in his stance and that we are really counting on him to keep his focus in this direction.

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 13:00:50

Left a message with the person answering the phone and they agreeded that there should not be cuts to Social Security benefits and would pass the message on to Senator Harkin.

— Mason City, 2012-12-18 13:01:41

I called and voiced my opinion and told them no cuts to social security and she said Tom Harkin agrees.

— New London, 2012-12-18 13:12:46

He does not support the cuts to SS at all.

— , 2012-12-18 13:18:56

the lady said that Senator Harkin doesn't suppport the cuts. I told her that Obama calls himself a Democrat but has the heart of a Republican. He won the election so why doesn't he act like it? He's disgusting.

— Vedic City, 2012-12-18 13:22:18

Thank you Seator Harkin, and we appreciate your service, help us keep benefits.

— McGregor, 2012-12-18 13:34:22

Senator Harking does not support cuts to Social Security or curing the fiscal crisis on the backs of the elderly and poor or middle class.

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 13:39:41

The woman I spoke to said Senator Harkin does NOT support modifying SS and is encouraging others to find another way.

— Roanoke, 2012-12-18 13:43:54

The person who answered the phone said Senator Harkin is not in favor of Social Security cuts -- that was my main concern -- I also told them I thought that Medicare was not administered with any kind of economy as far as what the health care providers charge Medicare for services-- from what I saw when I took care of my elderly mother, and I would look at the receipts that would come for any Medicare charges from health care providers, and I was astounded at how much was charged for services when Medicare was paying!

— Fairfield, 2012-12-18 13:44:31

When I called a young lady answered. Her response was that Senator Harkin was against this too, and would vote to stop a bill that included cuts. She also asked that I call the other members of Iowa delegation also.

— Waukee, 2012-12-18 13:45:37

The woman who answered said Sen. Harkin is not in favor any cutting of Social Security.

— , 2012-12-18 14:03:36

Tom Harkin will do all in his power to "stop this deal if it included cuts to SS benefits.

— Des Moines, 2012-12-18 14:04:35

Senator Tom Harkin will not support any changes to Social Security.

— Des Moines, 2012-12-18 14:04:44

— Waverly, 2012-12-18 14:09:23

Tom has always been supportive of our stance.

— Dubuque, 2012-12-18 14:39:00

I was assured that you will not support this deal if it involves cuts to Social Security and I hope we can count on you to do what you can to stop it. Many of us have parents who depend on this to just barely have a decent(which everyone deserves) life, and to pay bills, for medicine and food. Our older population should not be footing the bill for failed tax hikes on the wealthy in this country who clearly have made it to where they are today on the backs of the middle class. This makes me very angry and I want this to stop. The top 1%-2% had their chance to show that they were going to create jobs with their tax savings and they did just the opposite. They continued to cut wages and kept lining their own pockets with huge bonuses at the cost of people's jobs. It's absolutely wrong and you know it. Stop it now!!!!!!!!!

— Eldora, 2012-12-18 15:17:26

No way: Stanford/UT of TX law schools demand a "Galactic Rights Constitutional Convention by World Courts in 2011: Federalist Society: top Bush II attorney at Stanford law school: John Yoo law school professor

— Rockford, 2012-12-18 15:20:43

I left a message on the answering device. I had heard him just a few minutes earlier state that he was against the proposal being discussed today.

— Des Moines, 2012-12-18 15:54:22

Office was closed. I left message---a plea to stop the cuts that are proposed.

— Marshalltown, 2012-12-18 17:18:43

Just thanked me for call and said he wants to strenghten ss.

— Des Moines, 2012-12-19 07:02:53

I spoke w/ one of his personnel. Keep our backs, Senator Harkin. It's ridiculous that those of us on fixed incomes (which WE financed over a lifetime of work) are being asked to sacrifice our meager security for the wealthy (and greedy!) Please keep our backs..........We're counting on you to keep the 'deal' balanced and fair to all. Sally Hink

— Dexter, 2012-12-19 07:11:52

Harkin's staffer said that the senator does NOT support any of the cuts that are being proposed to the safety nets.

— Shawondasse, 2012-12-19 07:38:47

Spoke with lady that told me that Senator Tom Harkin was against any changes to Social Security. Left my name and address on record as opposing any changes to Social Security. Newton, IA 50208 12-19/12

— Newton, 2012-12-19 08:06:28


— Mason City, 2012-12-19 08:39:51

Will you please tell the President not to put Social Security on the table.

— Bloomfield, 2012-12-19 09:45:00

Katy his secretary agrees that Harkin is against any cuts...and will not agree to the "Deal" the Repulsive Republicans are offering.

— Davenport, 2012-12-19 10:06:04

A staffer said Harkin is totally agains cuts to S.S. Also I called Grassley, and urged him to say no to cuts as well. (to a staffer).

— Paton, 2012-12-19 13:27:00

Suggested I contact Grassley, Latham, and the White House, which I did. No assurances from Grassley or Latham people, and I left an electronic message at the white house. I requested responses. I also contacted Boswell and was assured he is also opposed.

— Des Moines, 2012-12-19 13:38:48

This has to be stopped. It is an outrage and the RAPE of Senior Americans and the Amercan people who pay thse so called Representives of people in this country. Its about time to begin the cut of there pay and Benifits and see how they like it?

— , 2012-12-19 14:32:35

I was told, Sen Harkin does not aprove cuts in S>S>

— Lehigh, 2012-12-19 14:42:28

Thank you so muchfor your help in keeping our Social Security safe and not cutting it or medicare. And for all the other things you do, ALoha, DIanne

— SAINT JOSEPH, 2012-12-19 14:56:17

phone kept ringing unable to leave a voicemail

— Urbandale, 2012-12-19 16:15:56

She said Senator Harkin continues to oppose cuts to Social Security benefits and she would pass my comments on to him.

— Eldridge, 2012-12-20 06:05:06

They said they would relay my thoughts to the Senator and told me he is very strong on not changing social security. They also transferred me to Grassley's office, and they said they would pass the message on to him. Good luck with him, however!

— sioux city, 2012-12-20 08:49:45

Aid said Senator Harkin will do anything in his power to stop it.

— Anamosa, 2012-12-20 11:07:04

Talked with staff member who said Sen. Harkin definitely agrees that no cuts should be made to S.S.

— Summerset, 2012-12-20 15:25:35

Office was closed. I left a message as it was going to be difficult for me to call tomorrow.

— Ames, 2012-12-20 18:15:21

A young woman anwered and said that Senator Harkin is opposed to any cuts to Social Security. I urged her to also tell him we are against deals tied to a chained CPI.

— Kalona, 2012-12-21 08:15:36

no cuts to social security are medicare

— birmingham, 2012-12-21 11:37:25

I called again but missed them. They never called back.

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