Representatives Face Flack from Constituents at Town Hall Meetings

Copy, Rebuild the Dream, the Center for Economic Policy and Research, and Campaign for Community Change joined Rep. Jean Schakowsky, D-Ill., Tuesday to launch "Contract for the American Dream" to urge lawmakers to stop focusing on deficit cutting and turn to job creation.

The 10-point contract includes points ranging from investing in America's infrastructure, securing social security, offering Medicare for all, and investing in public education, amongst others.

The organizers said more than 130,000 Americans contributed to the contract online and they wanted to "give a voice" to the "majority of Americans "in the debt ceiling debate" that were "simply not heard."

Schakowsky said the "real crisis is the job crisis" and the "disappearing middle class." The congresswoman said Obama advisor David Plouffe has asked to see the contract and she had given them a copy, but the White House has yet to comment on it.

Some of the groups on the Tuesday conference call were cautious not to criticize President Obama and Democratic leaders while others were more open to it.

"I think this contract will not be taken seriously by the serious people in Washington at first," executive director Justin Ruben said. "I think there is a huge leadership vacuum right now."

The group said they will be taking their contract to congressional town hall meetings in August and if some lawmakers choose not to hold events they will take the document to their district offices.

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