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Rep. Schakowsky, Local Leaders Call on Congress to End Bush Tax Cuts


Chicago, IL- Calling on Congress to end the Bush Tax Cuts for those making over $250K annually, Citizen Action/IL held a telephone conference featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Saturday, December 1.  During the call a small business owner, senior citizen, home health care worker, teacher and front line organization discussed the impact the fiscal cliff and tax parity will have on their families and businesses.

"Last month the American people gave the President a mandate - raise adequate revenues in a fair way so that we can protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits and make investments in job creation, education, and infrastructure,” Schakowsky said. “Letting the Bush Tax Cuts for income over 250,000 a year is the right first step in order to reach that goal. The only thing standing in the way is Congressional Republicans, who have chosen to defend the wealth over the middle class."

“Once again, Representative Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are using small businesses as a smoke screen for protecting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,” stated David Borris of Hel’s Kitchen Catering in Northbrook.  “They know less than 3% of individuals reporting small business income will be impacted, and that number includes hedge fund managers and K Street lobbyists.  It is time to get the burden of the wealthy off the backs of small business.”

The Senate has already passed legislation that would extend middle class tax cuts for those making less than $250,000.  Every day, House leadership block any attempt at moving the legislation forward.   The simplest way to avoid the fiscal cliff is to pass the Senate bill.

“Budgets are moral documents,” stated Wiliam McNary, Citizen Action/IL Co-director.  “This is not a political game in DC of who’s winning and who’s losing.  Real people lives are being impacted by these decisions.”

“I’ve paid into Medicare and Social Security for decades and it helps me afford to see my doctor and fill my prescriptions.  I don’t know what I would do without it,” stated Katie Jordan, President of Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans.  “Seniors cannot afford to lose a dime in benefits, or pay a dime more in health care.”

As the state's largest public interest organization, Citizen Action/IL is committed to standing up for the middle class in this battle to avert the fiscal cliff. Citizen Action/IL demands Congress stop waffling and make a deal by the December 31st deadline that both protects the interests of middle class and 97% of small businesses, while making sure the top 2% pay their fair share in taxes.

Schakowsky was also joined by Tara Stamps of Jenner Academy of the Arts and home health care worker Gilda Brown. 


to listen to the press conference