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Letter to the House in Support of the Discharge Petition on Middle Class Tax Cuts

December 04, 2012

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, we strongly urge you to add your name to the discharge petition introduced by Representative Walz to bring H.R. 15, the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts extension to the House floor for a vote.  Actions associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 112th Congress.

Middle class families across the nation continue to struggle.  And, if Congress doesn’t act soon, these hard-working Americans will take a further hit – with a typical middle-class family of four seeing its taxes rise by $2,200 starting in 2013.  There is broad agreement that extending these tax cuts will help millions of families and the economy. Voters spoke clearly that they want Congress to work together to solve the nation’s problems. It makes no sense to delay action on this area of agreement. 

Extending tax cuts immediately for every family making under $250,000 a year will help 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of small businesses.  And, it will give an essential boost to the economy by ensuring that families have more money to spend on things like clothes, cars, furniture, and food.  In turn, this spending will generate greater profit for businesses and will increase consumer demand, leading businesses to invest and hire more workers.

Congress should delay no more. It is time to act to put the American Dream within greater reach for every American, by extending the middle class tax cuts.  We urge you to add your name to this important discharge petition and to fight for immediate action to extend these tax cuts. 


Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations