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Letter on Tax Cuts for Middle Class

July 24, 2012

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, we urge you to VOTE YES on extension of expiring tax cuts for the middle class -- those earning less than $250,000 a year.  Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 112th Congress.

America’s middle class continues to struggle.  Many previously financially secure families are finding themselves falling into poverty.  The faltering economy, the housing crisis, rising food and gas prices, and attacks on workers’ rights have combined to undermine and destabilize the middle class.  And now, unless Congress acts to extend middle class tax cuts, a typical middle-class family of four will see its taxes go up by $2,200. 

Our nation is at a crossroads, having to choose between two starkly different visions for our future.  We can ensure everyone gets a fair shot, make the investments necessary for economic growth, and stand up for the middle class and our most vulnerable populations.  Or, we can continue to allow those who can most afford to pay their fair share to avoid doing so.  We must come together around the right vision for America – and the first step should be to support the middle class through extended tax cuts. 

Extending tax cuts for the middle class should not be partisan.  And, it should not be held hostage in efforts to extend tax cuts for the richest two percent in our nation.  For too long, large corporations and the top earners have benefited from special tax breaks our nation cannot afford, while the middle class has borne the burden of the economic crisis.  We cannot allow this unbalanced system to continue. 

America’s working families need the certainty and security of knowing their taxes won’t go up in six months.  We urge the Senate to come together in support of America’s working families by extending tax cuts for the middle class.


Kim Anderson           
Director, Center for Advocacy

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations