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Democrats bring fiscal cliff debate to Miami

Looks like campaign season isn't really over, even after Election Day.

Democrats, trying to put pressure on Congressional Republicans over a year-end deadline to decide on higher taxes and spending cuts, held a news conference in Miami on Thursday supporting President Obama's position to raise taxes on the wealthy.

From a press release:

Elected Officials Across the State Joined Florida Families To Tell Congress to Put the Middle Class Over Millionaires, End Tax Cuts for the Top 2%

~Leaders in Florida Sent a Clear Message to Congress: Middle Class Over Millionaires~

Miami, Fla. – Today, elected, community and business leaders joined together to send a clear message to members of Florida’s Congressional delegation to put the middle class ahead of millionaires and end tax breaks for the top 2%. For months, Republicans in Congress have held the middle-class hostage to tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. The Senate has already passed legislation to keep middle-class taxes from rising, and it’s time for the House of Representatives to act.

“Floridians have had enough from Congressional leaders who claim they care about the middle class but would rather hold hostage the middle-class and threaten them with tax increases rather than ask the richest among us to pay just a little bit more,” said Rep. Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach). “It’s time Congress puts hard-working families first.”

“This November Congress was sent a clear message by Floridians and all Americans- they want to see fairness in the tax code so we can restore short and long term fiscal discipline to our nation’s budget,” said Rep. Dwight Dudley (D- St. Petersburg). “Floridians cannot afford to have Congress send our country back to deeper economic troubles.”

At issue is the battle being waged in Washington, D.C. where President Obama and others in Congress want to make no changes in the amount of federal income taxes 98 percent of us currently pay, but who want to see it that the wealthy pay their fair share by returning to Clinton-era tax cuts for the top income earners. While President Obama and others in Congress fight for the middle-class, Congressional Republicans continue to send signals that tax cuts for the top 2% income earners is most important to them.

“What will really hurt real small businesses is if Congress allows taxes to go up for their customers, if millions of Floridians have less to spend during this holiday season – in anticipation of being hit with a $2,000 tax increase,” said Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo. “Our economy is stabilizing and we cannot allow Congressional Republicans to take us back to irresponsible uncertainty for millions of Floridians.” 

“Two thousand dollars –approximately what middle-class families stand to lose - is not play money,” said Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando).  “It’s the difference between traveling to see family over the holidays or buying gifts for loved ones or not. We need Congress to fight for fairness for middle-class families who cannot afford to see their taxes go up because some in Congress did not fight hard enough for them.”