Across fourteen states, USAction affiliates participated in a national Day of Action, mobilizing for tax fairness and no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Twenty-three different events, including visits to Senate offices, rallies at Congressional offices, joint press events with members of Congress and press conferences by senior citizens, made for an exciting day of activism. As the budget showdown continues, USAction will continue to speak out for the middle class not corporate CEOs.
West Virginia Citizen Action Group brought a poster-sized W-2 Form to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s Charleston office, urging the Senator to force major corporations to pay their fair share in taxes. Sen. Manchin responded directly to WVCAG in the Charleston Gazette:
The visit to Manchin’s office was part of a national day of action involving state and national labor, advocacy and faith groups calling for “Fair Taxes, Not Cuts” in 18 states.
Manchin said, “I appreciate [Citizen] Action Group sharing their ideas with my office. Since arriving in the Senate, I have fought for comprehensive tax reform that levels the playing field and makes sure that everyone pays their fair share.
“I have been a great supporter of the Bowles-Simpson framework, which broadens the base and lowers rates. I also want to see the corporate tax structure reformed. It’s important to adjust tax rates by closing unfair loopholes and deductions. I will continue to seriously consider any proposals that accomplish these goals.” “Instead, we should be looking for corporations making millions of dollars in profits to pay their fair share to the U.S. Treasury.”
Zuckett said, “National discussions about cutting the federal deficit have been talking about cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, child care and education.
Led by ProgressOhio and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, seniors in Toledo requested that Senators Rob Portman and progressive champion Sherrod Brown vote against any potential changes to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Seniors also urged changes to the tax code that would close loopholes and tax breaks for the richest 2%. Check out the video from WNWO.
Showing appreciation for protecting Michigan’s middle class, Michigan Citizen Action delivered a pair of poster-sized thank you letters to Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. From the event in Saline, MCA organized hundreds of calls to Levin’s and Stabenow’s offices, urging them to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.
MCA Executive Director Linda Teeter was quoted by the Saline Patch:
Michigan Citizen Action Executive Director Linda Teeter called on Senators Levin and Stabenow to continue fighting against special-interest tax deductions benefiting the richest 2 percent and to press for corporate tax reform to end tax breaks for corporations that ship profits and jobs overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes, hurting our economy.
“It’s wrong to reduce the deficit on the backs of the middle class by cutting vital programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education,” Teeter said. “We should ask millionaires to pay at least as high a tax rate as their secretaries, instead of cutting education funding for our children. We need to end tax breaks to large corporations that ship jobs overseas and use that money to invest in jobs in America improving our roads and bridges, rebuilding manufacturing and making us energy independent. We are thankful that Senators Levin and Stabenow have been leaders in Congress in this fight and hope they will continue to stand up for the middle class.
Several notable events occurred across the state of Illinois. In Chicago, Citizen Action/Illinois joined with Congressman Bill Foster (D-Naperville) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston), as well as with local labor leaders, fighting to close tax loopholes for the rich and for corporations who don’t pay their fair share.
Crain’s Chicago Business covered the event:
In a press conference at the Chicago Federation of Labor offices, national AFL-CIO Policy Director Damon Silvers took a very hard line.
“There can be no cuts to benefits in this (Republican) fiscal hostage-taking. None,” he declared. Washington needs to consider items such as “a small Wall Street sales tax” and cracking down on companies that ship their profits overseas, he said.
Ms. Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, heartily agreed.
“Seniors are basically poor as a class, and rich people are rich,” she said, asking, “Why go after the seniors” and the health care programs they depend upon?
In Champaign, constituents held a rally outside of the Office of Congressmen Rodney Davis. Citizen Action/Illinois joined with two other organizations, making it known to the freshman congressman that they want corporations and high-income earners to pay their fair share.
Check out video from WICS: