A group of Gwinnett residents and business owners delivered a petition to U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall's Lawrenceville office Wednesday, demonstrating public support for an extending tax cuts for the middle class.
Led by Georgia Fair Share, the coalition calls itself The Middle Class Tax Cuts First campaign, referring to a key component of the so-called fiscal cliff, the looming year end deadline for a series of fiscal bills to take effect.
"Hundreds of citizens and dozens of local leaders have come together in the past few weeks to make one thing clear: this holiday season, the gift no one needs is a tax hike on the middle class," said Jason Pfeifle, the field organizer with Georgia Fair Share.
The petition included 438 signatures from House District 7 residents and a letter signed by representatives from 42 local businesses and organizations.
President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, are engaged in negotiations over the several issues, notably the coming expiration of income tax cuts.
At the press conference outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, DeLane Adams, communications director for the Georgia AFL-CIO, read a statement issued by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "Republicans are once again demanding benefit cuts to pay for tax cuts, and threatening to harm the economy unless they get their way," it said.
According to the National Economic Council, a typical family of four will see their taxes increase by $2,200 if the tax cuts expire. Experts warn the fiscal cliff could lead to the loss of 1.6 million jobs and another dip into a Recession, Pfeifle said.
"Rep. Woodall, don't be a Grinch this year, work with the president to extend the tax cuts for the middle class now," Pfeifle said.
Jennifer Drogus, Woodall's spokeswoman, said she had not yet seen the petition Wednesday evening.
The congressman is in Washington working on a tax bill coming to the House floor to day, she said.
In a recent newsletter emailed to constituents, Woodall said many people said they would bite the bullet on the tax cuts to move toward a balanced budget. But he is conducting an online poll to make sure the majority of the district agrees.
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