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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s hard times all around, and the federal government is feeling the squeeze as it is forced to make tough decisions when it comes to the budget.

Today a group in Wilmington protested what may come of this battle.

This group of Social Security workers and advocates stood outside the Social Security Administration office in Wilmington Wednesday, with signs and fliers in hand.

“There’s a lot of talk of a government shutdown or certainly major budget hits to federal agencies, and we’re concerned about the impact that’s going to have on the public here in Wilmington and across the state,” said Michael Gravinese with the American Federation of Government Employees.

The group says if Social Security is cut, that can in turn lead to a decrease in services like cutting back on office hours and increasing delays for those in need.

Many of these protestors who work at the SSA office in town say the possible cuts will also affect them.

“We have a whole office of workaholics in there,” SSA worker Sandra Stuart said. “We like what we do, but we want to do it even better. Instead of cutting us, they need to be strengthening us.”

Though this protest in Wilmington may not have been large, it is just one of many informational pickets that took place across the nation.

The protestors hope their efforts will put a stop to a resolution in which House Republicans propose a $1.7 billion reduction in Social Security Administration funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.

We reached out to Rep. Mike McIntyre on this issue. In a statement he said, “Social Security is a contract between the federal government and those who have paid into it. We must never do anything to break that contract… I will always stand with our senior citizens and those who depend on Social Security payments!”

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  • GuestLee

    My suggestion is that if you want Rep. McIntyre to hear you, then you should e-mail, write, or call him directly instead of using this site. You are kind of hoping he will see it here. Direct contact is always best.

  • GuestLee

    I’m guessing that if you are serious about wanting Rep. McIntyre to hear your complaint, you would write/call/e-mail him directly instead of using this site and hoping by chance that he will see it. So my educated guess is that you are just spouting policical propaganda against Rep. McIntyre to try to influence other people’s votes in the next election. Pathetic….

  • Guest

    Im not sure how anything to do with them caring about not loosing their job has anything to do with their qualification. These people took leave time and time off from their lunch break to hold up signs in defense of their jobs that they do to help other people, who benefit daily from their service. Maybe if people like you werent around to negate leaders who are trying to make things right, then we wouldnt have problems like we do.

    Im sorry that you are probably some unemployed person who is sitting at home filling out online applications and getting pissed off at the people who work to pay your unemployment. Good luck finding people who want to get paid 30,000 a year to help loosers who mooch off of the system like you. Why dont you get up off your ass and do something. Thats all these people are trying to do… They are trying to DO SOMETHING!

  • Guest

    We the people of Lake Forest Inc.need the help of Mike Mcintre,the board the is out of hand ,someone please help,if we do not get help soon,we well be out on the street.ask these people what is going on T.S-J.T-J.N- G.T.-R.W.HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guestasis

    The greedy folks that got us into this financial mess must really love the fact that the working class has turned on each other.

  • Guest: guest

    Mr. McIntyre, the government has already broken it’s contract with its citizens. This account has been raided for years and is now broke. The citizens have been forced by the government to pay into this system and politicians have robbed them blind, now when they need the money, it isn’t there. Where were you when all of this was going on? Why have you waited to protect the senior citizens until the money is gone..I wish the Democrats had been as passionate about saving social security as they are in saving the Unions pensions…but then, I guess there isn’t any kick backs in Social Security. Social Security is full of IOU’S, we can’t pay our bills with IOU’S, our creditors don’t take those.

  • Guest

    I work with this office regularly and have worked with numerous other Social Security offices in the past, and I have to say by far that Wilmington is the best to deal with! They definitely do the best with what they have to work with. The average person cannot fathom the amount of phone calls, mail, and people they have to deal with on an average day, all with the government asking them to do more with less. Trust me, if their budget is cut, it’s going to cause problems for the people that depend on them. And I can tell you from direct experience there’s a lot of people that do.

  • Guest4396

    Every one of the clowns, SS workers & teachers included, who have jobs but are neglecting them to show their rear ends with picket signs should be fired on the spot. There are plenty of well qualified people that are out of work that would love to replace them.

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