BURLINGTON (AP) - A group founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the budget debate now under way in Washington.

South Burlington-based Democracy for America, which Dean founded in 2004, joined Sanders on Wednesday in calling for people to sign a petition against cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

They're also urging Senate Democrats to reject any deal that extends the Bush-era tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000.

DFA says it hopes to collect 50,000 signatures on a petition to present to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


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