Dec 13, 2011

How the GOP stole Christmas

Can you call Sen. Brown? Tell him: "Stop working for only the 1%. Extend unemployment benefits and the payroll tax break, and make corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share."  

Senator Scott Brown
Phone: 202-224-4543

Report Your Call!
Dear MoveOn member,

It looks like congressional Republicans are planning to stiff both working and unemployed Americans this holiday season.

Congress still hasn't extended coverage for the long-term unemployed and the payroll tax cut, and we're down to the final days. The GOP could easily stop this standoff now—but they've rejected every attempt to extend help for the 99% by adding a minimal tax increase on millionaires.1

What's the Republican plan? Reduce unemployment benefits by nearly half, and fund the payroll tax break through a pay freeze for federal workers and deeper cuts to programs like Medicare.2

Failing to extend unemployment benefits would cost half a million jobs.3 They're on track to hurt millions of American families this December to protect the 1%. And with the holidays and end-of-year deadlines approaching, Republicans are hoping to pressure Democrats into a catastrophic compromise.

We have to hold Republicans like Senator Scott Brown accountable for policies that leave 99% of us behind. Tell Sen. Brown he shouldn't make average Americans pay to keep tax breaks for the wealthy.

Senator Scott Brown
Phone: 202-224-4543

Then report your call.

Making regular Americans suffer to protect tax breaks for the richest 1% is inexcusable. And their cynical attempt to railroad the controversial Keystone XL pipeline through in this bill is even worse.4

But the nationwide movement of people speaking up against economic injustice is having an impact. Even Republicans don't want to be known as standing for the 1%.5 That's why we have a real chance to stop these terrible proposals and get something passed that won't make things even worse for American families.

But for that to happen we need to make sure that Republicans like Sen. Brown feel the heat.

Tell Sen. Brown: don't make average Americans pay to keep tax breaks for the 1%.

Senator Scott Brown
Phone: 202-224-4543

Then report your call.

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Adam Q., Eli, Elena, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Dems' payroll-tax-cut extension goes down again in Senate," The Hill, December 8, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268761&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=4

2. "GOP seeks to cut unemployment benefits," The Hill, December 9, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268762&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=5

"Republicans Unveil Plan for Payroll Tax," The New York Times, December 8, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268763&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=6

3. "Firing Fades Without Hiring as Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cuts," The San Francisco Chronicle, December 13, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268764&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=7

4. "House GOP Hold Tax Cut Hostage to Keystone XL Pipeline, Based on Discredited Job Numbers," ThinkProgress, December 9, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268765&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=8

5. "How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street," Yahoo News, December 1, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268766&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=9

"Republicans Walk Back Their Tone on 99% Movement," ThinkProgress Video, October 14, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268771&id=33783-17630246-8y_pzix&t=10

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