Monday, December 6, 2010

Tell Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand: Fight, don't fold!

Emergency Call-in Day 

This is the make-or-break moment in the fight to stop the millionaire bailout. Can you call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and ask them to do whatever it takes to stop another tax giveaway for the top 2%?

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: 202-224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: 202-224-4451

Dear MoveOn member,

This is the make-or-break moment in fight to end George Bush's millionaire tax bailout. So organizations across the progressive movement are holding an emergency call-in day right now.

The White House has made clear that they intend to strike a deal with Republicans that would extend a huge tax giveaway for the top 2%.1 They've given up on this critical issue without a fight.

But the Senate can still stop this disastrous deal from happening. They will only do it, though, if they hear an overwhelming outcry from all of us telling them that we need them to to go to the mat to stop the millionaire bailout—even if President Obama won't.

That's why we're joining with our progressive allies at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, CREDO Action, True Majority and SEIU for today's emergency call-in day.

Can you call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and tell them that Americans everywhere are counting on them to fight like hell to stop tax bailouts for millionaires?

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: 202-224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: 202-224-4451

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

The House of Representatives just passed an extension of middle class tax cuts with the intention of letting tax breaks that only benefit the top 2% expire. A similar vote was defeated in the Senate this weekend.

Now is when the rubber meets the road. Many in Washington will be advocating capitulation, but we need Senate Democrats to stand strong. They have the upper hand, with big majorities of Americans opposing the millionaire bailout.

If the Republicans are so committed to stopping tax relief for middle class families unless tax breaks for millionaires are extended too, then they should have to defend that position out in the open—not by forcing back-room deals.

They should have to vote over and over and over again against relief for struggling families so the American people can see that their millionaire donors are more important to them than their constituents. They should have to engage in an old-fashioned filibuster, and defend their position on the Senate floor all day, every day and straight through the night.

That is what the American people want the Senate to do. A new poll from CBS shows that only 26% of voters want the tax breaks for millionaires extended.2

But time is short so if we want the Senate to fight, they need to hear from us today. Please call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand right away.

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Justin, Wes, Lenore, and the rest of the team


1. "Obama seeking aid for jobless in return for deal on taxes," Salt Lake Tribune, December 3, 2010

"Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near," New York Times, December 5, 2010

2. "CBS News Poll: Most Oppose GOP Tax Plan," CBS News, December 2, 2010

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