4:21 PM Eastern - Thursday, January 3, 2013

What we did during the "fiscal cliff" debate #default

Thumbnail image for 20111106landingpage-jobsnotcuts.pngOn Wednesday night, President Obama signed into law the bill that averts tax increases on most Americans, raises more than $620 billion in revenue and extends unemployment benefits.

Throughout these negotiations, 423 U.S. Representatives received at least one letter from an SEIU member or activist, and most received many more.

Thousands of SEIU members and activists also made phone calls or made the trip to Washington, D.C. to tell Congress in person: keep the focus on "Jobs, Not Cuts" to the vital services working families depend on.

This deal is the right move to protect America's middle-class families, who were facing a future of higher taxes, and to prevent 2 million Americans from losing their unemployment benefits. The deal we helped fight for does not significantly cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security and it's a decent start to reducing income inequality by ending the Bush income tax cuts for families making more than $450,000 a year.

While this immediate crisis has been averted, our elected leaders need to know that we won't tolerate any attacks to our recovering economy or the middle class that keeps America going. We need to keep up the pressure in the coming weeks and make our priorities clear in upcoming budget negotiations.

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