It was 101 degrees in the shade, but that didn't stop 200 white-haired retirees and others from rallying against any cuts to these programs.
Hundreds of Frederick County workers packed the county hearing room to speak to the five county commissioners two days in a row this week.
In house parties across the nation, 25,000 participants told heartfelt stories of their struggles to make the "American dream" a reality.
The two sides were at an impasse over how to resolve a $5 billion deficit for the budget period that started July 1.
Barbara Easterling, president of the 4-million-member Alliance for Retired Americans, tells it like it is about Social Security and the budget crisis.
Republicans appear ready to cause mass havoc for the United States - all for the chance to bring down President Obama.
It's toll-free: today and tomorrow, July 14 and 15, call 1-866-251-4044 and voice your opposition to any plans to cut Social Security.
Over 200 community activists, union members and students rallied outside of right-wing Republican Senator Roy Blunt's office in St. Louis demanding "no cuts" to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
Lawmakers and groups representing 50 million Americans held a press conference here today demanding that Social Security cuts be taken off the deficit reduction table.
A video produced by the Labor Education Service outlines the many public services being affected by the state government shutdown.