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Pressure Increases on Virginia Congressmen To Put Middle Class Before Millionaires
Hundreds of Virginians have turned out to events across the state to ask their Congressmen and Senators to protect the social safety net and get rid of the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%
As time ticks down on the Washington, D.C. fiscal cliff negotiations, pressure is increasing here at home for Virginia's representatives to support a deal that puts middle class families first. Since the week following the election, Virginians have gathered at rallies, house parties, and teach-ins across the Commonwealth, including events in Richmond, Reston, Chesapeake, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Vienna, Norfolk, and Danville. Activists have presented a consistent message: Put the middle class before millionaires. End the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%. Protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Morgan Jameson, a student, spoke to a crowd at a Reston rally about why he wants Congressman Frank Wolf to protect the middle class and eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. "My generation, people working around the clock, can't afford to see tax cuts expire for the middle class. The average middle class family sees a tax cut of approximately $2,200 a year. If those tax cuts went away, I, and many other people, could not afford the gas it takes to get to and from work. I think it's important that we ask those at the top to pay a little bit more."
Julia Newton is a personal care assistant from Norfolk, whose son relies on Medicaid. She joined a "Caroling Against Cuts" action at Senator Mark Warner's office. "My son has disabilities that require round the clock care, and through Medicaid, he's able to live at home with the people who love him most. I think cuts will hurt our economy, but it will also hurt the people I love the most. To make sure Antoan continues to have a healthy, comfortable life, I've personally asked Senator Warner to make the rich pay their fair share and protect Medicare, Medicaid, education and other programs. I know he cares for people like me, but now Senator Warner should show his commitment to us by protecting vital services from cuts -- that's why I came to his office today."
To schedule an interview with a grassroots activist, contact Anna Scholl at (540) 460-1269.