Press Release

LI to Rep. Pete King: For Xmas, We Want End to Bush Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Constituents, statewide coalition demand an end to tax cuts for the rich, protection of middle class tax breaks and vital services in avoiding looming fiscal cliff

Massapequa- Constituents of Congressman Peter King (R-LI) today delivered a strong message to him concerning the ongoing “fiscal cliff” debate: end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and protect vital services like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Progressive groups and statewide coalitions including The Action, Strong Economy for All, Citizen Action, MoveOn, and others were also involved.

Congress is currently facing a major showdown over federal spending and tax cuts known as the “fiscal cliff,” which will result in tax increases for middle-class families and cuts to necessary social safety nets if it is not avoided. Following Hurricane Sandy, New York could also face the blow of losing critical FEMA funding and educational, nutritional and housing assistance if a settlement is not reached.

“I’m here today to tell Rep. King that Long Islanders need investments in infrastructure, jobs, protection for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and tax relief for the middle class,” said Charles Khan, constituent of Rep. King and community organizer. “We cannot afford more tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans that don’t need them. He must show leadership and stand up for his constituents.”

Congressman King has suggested that he is open to raising taxes, but has yet to voice support for raising taxes on those making above $250,000 in order to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

“As a retired Communications Director, I rely on Social Security to make ends meet and on Medicare for my checkups. These programs are crucial for me to lead a healthy and productive life,” said John Moore of Farmingdale.“Congressman King needs to stand strong for these programs and put the middle class above millionaires.”

Congressional Republicans’ latest plan has prioritized extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans making over a quarter of a million dollars while cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

“In Rep. King’s district, 96% of his constituents are not rich and would not see their taxes go up if tax cuts for the wealthy are ended. He must show leadership and protect the middle class tax breaks, not those for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.” said Bob Young, Deputy Chair for Nassau County Dems.

“I don’t understand why some members of Congress have prioritized cutting vital services and eliminating federal aid for New Yorkers in order to keep the wealthiest 2% of Americans from paying their fair share. The best Christmas present Americans can receive this year is an end to the Bush tax cuts for the rich so that the middle class is protected.” said Josh Lewin-Jacus, a Columbia University student whose parents work in the food service industry.

“In this past election, Long Islanders voted for jobs and, not tax breaks for the wealthy or cuts to essential services that keep us safe, healthy and secure,” said Charles Khan. “All of New York’s Congressional delegation, especially Rep. King, needs to step up, follow this mandate, and not keep the needs of constituents hostage to cut taxes for the wealthiest among us.

Rep. Pete King is one of five Congressional Republicans being targeted by a statewide campaign to avoid the fiscal cliff, protect middle class tax relief and vital programs, and end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.