|With less than a month before middle class tax cuts expire, Congress has yet to act, as House Republicans hold the extension hostage while fighting for tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent.Â This week, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced a â€œdischarge petitionâ€ that would force House leaders to bring a middle class tax cut bill to the House floor for an up or down vote.Â The petition, which needs 218 signatures, has been signed by most Democrats, but needs Republican signatures to reach the total needed and move forward.Â Â See if your Representative has signed the petition.If Congress fails to act before the end of the year, a typical middle-class family of four will see its taxes rise by $2,200 starting in 2013.Â Extending middle class tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year would protect 98 percent of American families and 97 percent of small businesses.In addition to extending tax cuts for the middle class, Congress must also act quickly to stop the impending across-the-board cuts scheduled to go into effect on January 2.Â If these cuts go into effect, more than nine million students will lose critical education services, and nearly 80,000 education jobs could be lost.Â Â Â Learn more.Take Action Today:
- E-mail CongressÂ and tell them to act immediately to extend tax cuts for the middle class. Â If your Representative has not signed theÂ discharge petition, urge him or her to do so immediately.
- Keep calling Congress.Â Our national Kids Not Cuts call Congress day was such a huge success that we’ve decided to extend our hotline through December 13th. If you missed out on December 5, you canÂ call 1-866-293-7278Â through next Thursday to tell your elected officials to stand up for Kids Not Cuts!
- Take the â€œKids Not Cutsâ€ pledge today— to speak up for Americaâ€™s kids and working families, and to make sure Congress makes the right choices.Â Â Already took the pledge?Â Share it with at least five friendsÂ and ask them to join the fight to stand up for Americaâ€™s kids and working families.