The Action makes a final push for Congressmen Bass and Guinta to put aside partisan politics and do what is best for the middle class.
The Action, a joint project of Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action, demonstrated outside the Concord office of lame duck Rep. Charlie Bass and the Manchester office of lame duck Rep. Frank Guinta today to demand that the House get back to work to stop the country from going over the fiscal cliff and protect the middle class by maintaining the current tax rates for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses.
“The House is returning to Washington in a couple of days and we’re asking Congressman Frank Guinta to do the right thing and vote for an extension of the middle-class cuts. These tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small business owners will allow New Hampshire taxpayers to keep $2000 that they can spend in our local economy and speed our recovery,” The Action press secretary Keith McCrea said outside Guinta’s office on Lowell St. in downtown Manchester. “After Speaker Boehner’s failure to secure the votes for his own caucus for his ‘Plan B,’ time is running short. Please, Congressman Guinta, vote to extend the middle-class tax cuts and urge your leader, Speaker John Boehner, to bring it to a vote.”
The House, including lame ducks Bass and Guinta, spent last week on vacation while the Senate and Pres. Obama have returned to DC to try to find a solution to the on-going uncertainty created by the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’ After the failure of Speaker Boehner’s ‘Plan B,’ the GOP leadership of the House has failed to offer any solutions while the Senate passed a bill over the summer to protect the middle-class. Speaker Boehner has refused to bring this bill to a vote.
With less than one week till the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline people are seriously beginning to worry about what this would mean to them. A tax increase would mean thousands of dollars more being taken out in taxes from the middle class. This after nearly four years of belt-tightening budgeting and high unemployment. Now as the economy is sluggishly moving into recovery, middle class families will be whacked with a new increase and be forced to make more personal budget cuts.
As if a tax increase on the middle class was not enough, workers have been paying the price for years now. Healthcare costs are rising, profits are soaring, and yet wages are stagnent. Add a new $2000 or more tax middle class families are again losing money over last year.
We need our elected officials to stand up and do what is right for the middle class.
ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action NH is a joint project of NH Citizens Alliance for Action and Granite State Progress, and part of a national grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.
The Action has demonstrated from Pittsburg, at a town hall for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, to Nashua where they delivered over 400 petition signatures to Congressman Charlie Bass’s office urging him to vote for middle-class tax relief. We’ve been joined by small business owners from florists to jewelers, by volunteers and students, and by elected leaders from across the state. Hundreds have joined the call and their actions have been covered by media outlets including WBIN tv, NHPR, the Concord Monitor, the Nashua Telegraph, NH Patch, and local radio stations throughout the state.