The Fast Track plan includes a trap: a $700 million cut to Medicare in order to pay for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits and services for people who lose their jobs to foreign trade. Although Trade Adjustment Assistance and Fast Track are two separate bills, they've been linked by Republicans.
As the AFL-CIO and other allies are saying right now to House members, the bottom line is clear: A vote for the current Trade Adjustment Assistance bill and a vote for Fast Track is a vote to *cut* Medicare.
This is it. We need all hands on deck -- and we need to take drastic action to win.
There are at least seven Democrats who are still undecided, whose votes could decide whether Medicare gets cut and whether Fast Track passes. Can you give these eight Representatives a call right now? Even if you're not a constituent, they need to hear from you. It's that important.
Oh, and in case you are wondering about what we mean we say "it's a trap," check out these Medicare attack ads that Republicans ran against Democrats in 2014 -- a video made possible by our friends at the Communications Workers of America: