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Carolers urge Johnson to take a stance on fiscal cliff


From The News-Gazette:

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 5:14pm | Michael Kiser

Photo by John Dixon, The News-Gazette

Traditional holiday music had a political twist to it on Thursday at a local Congressman's office as lawmakers in Washington continue to try and reach a deal on the fiscal cliff.

The Champaign County Health Care Consumers, along with two other state advocacy groups, organized an event outside Republican U.S. Representative Tim Johnson's office in Champaign.  Carolers sang familiar tunes heard each year during the holiday season, but with special lyrics dealing with the fiscal cliff.

Health Care Consumers Executive Director Claudia Lennhoff said the group is asking Johnson to sign the discharge petition.

Meanwhile, Johnson spokesman Phil Bloomer said the Urbana Congressman is waiting for a proposal before deciding where he stands on ending the Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.

Wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts will begin to take effect in January unless Congress is able to work out a deficit-cutting agreement to avoid them.