By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the election over, officials are turning their attention to the so-called “fiscal cliff,” tax increases and federal budget cuts looming on January 2nd, unless Congress takes action. But Congressman Bob Brady believes the “cliff” can be avoided.

Brady joined local labor leaders on Thursday to demand that his colleagues act to spare federal programs. He says President Barack Obama’s re-election should have sent a message that Americans want those programs protected.

“Maybe, just maybe they got a message that they are not congresspeople for themselves or for the rich,” Brady says. “They’re congresspeople for everybody, for all Americans, Democrat or Republican, to protect Social Security. You know, they think they’re never going to get old and how about the Medicare? They think they’re never going to get sick. And Medicaid they’re never going to use because they have all the money. But we sent a message to all the money, didn’t we?”

Congress was set to go back in session on Tuesday.

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