“Don’t Drop the Ball on the Middle Class” Rally Calls on Rep. Black to Act

December 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Recent Blog Posts

People Rally outside Diane Black's OfficeEscalating concerns over the “Fiscal Cliff” in Rep. Black’s district and across Tennessee have inspired local taxpayers to rally in front of Rep. Diane Black’s office in Murfreesboro yesterday. This is the second rally in as many weeks as more of Rep. Black’s constituents want her to act. And it was cold.

Participants delivered more than 100 letters and made brief remarks calling on Black to to stop blocking a vote on Middle Class Tax Cut Extension. Rep. Black’s support of the bill, already passed in the Senate, would avert a huge tax hike on the Middle Class families (98% of Tennesseans) and small businesses that would go into effect on January 1.

That’s New Year’s Day. Only 3 Days, 13 Hours and 8 Minutes from now. Go to CliffCountdown.com for updated time.

There is still time to protect the middle class, but only if Congress stops playing games with the fiscal cliff. Call and tell your Congressman: Don’t drop the ball on the middle class. You don’t even have to go outside!

Colleen Janus, a local volunteer organizer of the rally  was there:

“My husband and I are Murfreesboro parents who have worked hard to ensure our children have the benefit of a college education.  Our son Paul graduated from MTSU two years ago, and our daughter Stacy graduates in May with a nursing degree. A tax hike on us and her of over $2,000 means a lot to our family.  It is the price of one semester’s clinicals, fees and books If Rep. Black doesn’t get back to work and pass the Middle Class Tax Cut extension it means a $2,200 tax hike for folks like us. For me, that’s gas money and groceries. For my daughter it’s tuition and books at MTSU. Rep. Black and Rep. DesJarlais need to stop holding middle class tax relief hostage to protect tax breaks for the richest 2%, folks like Donald Trump who doesn’t need another tax break.  All Rep. Black has to do is approve the bill already passed in the Senate bill to immediately extend tax relief to 98% of the American people and 97% of small businesses.”

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