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The Action to urge lame ducks Bass, Guinta to get back to work

Here is your chance to encourage your Congressional Representatives to get back to work and the Bush Tax Cuts.

Activists working with The Action, a joint project of Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action, will demonstrate outside the Concord office of lame duck Rep. Charlie Bass and the Manchester office of lame duck Rep. Frank Guinta tomorrow, Friday the 28th, 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, including lame ducks Bass and Guinta, remain 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.’ Activists from the Action will be urging Bass and Guinta to get back to work and help the president and Senate find a solution.  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.

The event will include a short speaking program and rally, followed by the building of snowmen to hold signs outside of the offices long after the action ends.

Who:             Activists with The Action, a joint project of NH Citizens’ Alliance for Action and Granite State Progress 

What:            Demonstration to urge Bass and Guinta back to work on fiscal cliff 

When:            Friday December 28th 12:00 noon  

Where:           Office of Congressman Bass, 114 North Main Street, Concord

Office of Congressman Guinta, 33 Lowell Street, Manchester

Citizens from across the state call Sen. Ayotte’s office urging her to reject Boehner’s so-called “Plan B”

Citizens from across the state call Sen. Ayotte’s office urging her to reject Boehner’s so-called “Plan B”

Activists working with The Action gathered in Concord to call, with an over 75% response rate

Concord – Activists working with the The Action, a joint project of Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Citizens’ Alliance, spoke with  people from around the state asking them to help urge rejection of Boehner’s ‘Plan B’  – and nearly 80% of them of agreed to them to do just that. They agreed to call Senator Kelly Ayotte’s office in Washington, asking her to the so-called “Plan B” bill put forward by Republican House leadership.

“It seemed like everyone we called was eager to jump in and call,” said Melissa Bernardin, who captained the phone bank. “I’ve been involved in a lot of phone banks and I can’t remember a time when we got a more enthusiastic response – people are really fired up about the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’”

The results speak for themselves – nearly 80% of the voters that The Action reached agreed to call Ayotte’s office and make their voices heard on Boehner’s so-called ‘Plan B.’

This measure, proposed by Speaker Boehner, would recklessly perpetuate tax cuts for the wealthiest few – and in fact would give millionaires an average $50,000 tax break – while at the same time raising taxes by an average of $1,000 on 25 million working families with children and students.

 

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.

Former VA. Congressman Tom Perriello talks about “austerity minefield”

Perriello was  joined by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute’s Jeff McLynch to discuss New Hampshire impacts 

Concord – Center for American Progress Action president Rep. Tom Perriello, a former member of both the Veterans’ Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, briefed reporters Thursday on the current state of the fiscal cliff discussions and the consequences for us if we fail to pass tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of businesses and continue investments in infrastructure.

Speaking to reporters from his D.C.-area office, Perriello pointed out that what we currently face is less a fiscal cliff than an “austerity minefield” made up of “landmines” including the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, the end of unemployment benefits for many Americans, the payroll tax holiday, the so-called Medicare “doc fix” adjusting doctors Medicare reimbursements, the defense sequester, and the alternative minimum tax.

“These are only really together by happenstance. Some could be fixed by Congress individually either now or retroactively,” Perriello said. “Doing nothing means a return to the Clinton tax code as opposed to the current Bush code, which were not great for growth,” Perriello said.

McLynch, executive director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute echoed Perriello’s remarks.

“New Hampshire is in better shape than much of the country, but our growth is still slow,” McLynch said. “The number of defense-related jobs that New Hampshire has also makes us vulnerable to the sequester in a way that other states might not.”

While Rep. Perriello remains optimistic about the chance for a solution, many in Washington view the refusal of Republican lawmakers to consider rate increases on the most affluent of taxpayers an obstacle. In New Hampshire, while Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted for a bill that would keep in place tax rates for middle-income families without protecting wealthier Americans, neither Congressmen Charlie Bass or Frank Guinta have been willing to sign on to the measure.

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ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action is a 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.  New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action is leading the charge in New Hampshire.

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