Congress has until the end of the year to strike a deal avoiding across-the-board, mandatory spending cuts known as “sequestration” and a series of expiring tax measures, including the middle-class payroll tax cut and extended unemployment insurance benefits.
The so-called “fiscal cliff” threatens to prolong the Great Recession if Congress refuses to act. Trillion dollar cuts to the defense sector, alone, are expected to cost more than a million jobs.
Republican lawmakers have proposed deep, swift budget cuts to social programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as a way to avoid the fiscal cliff. They’re also opposed to extending the payroll tax cut for working families and unemployment benefits for the jobless.
Click here to tell Congress and the White House any “Grand Bargain” must stop sequestration while protecting the middle class. Click here to demand a payroll tax cut extension. And click here to demand extended unemployment benefits for the jobless.