Indiana labor unions gathered outside the offices of Senators Dick Lugar and Dan Coats Friday to protest their stances on Congress’ budget debate. The small crowd organized by union activists included veterans, seniors and students, all of whom voiced their opposition to potential cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare and Pell grants. Union activist Mike Biskar said he came to the rally because he wanted to show support for fellow union members as they send a message to Coats and Lugar.
“If we are not increasing the debt limit as we’ve done every year forever, then I think they’re making their decisions based on what’s best for the Republican Party and fighting the Democratic President Barack Obama and not what’s best for working people in Indiana,” said Biskar.
A spokesperson for Senator Lugar said he is focused on doing what’s best for the American economy, including raising the debt ceiling, and is relying on the President and Congressional leadership to find a compromise that works for all sides.