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Senators Defend Tax Breaks 

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee asked your Senators to assume that every single tax break has been wiped out. If they want to protect a tax break, they had to defend it.  Thanks to everyone who contacted their Senators and urged them not to defend the tax breaks and loopholes that corporations and the wealthiest Americans are using to avoid paying their fair share.

In other tax fairness news, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) brought their Tax Reform Listening Tour to Philadelphia.  ADA’s Southeastern PA Chapter was there to welcome them and rally to make sure they hear the people's voices for tax justice!

Glenavie Norton, Chair, Americans for Democratic Action, Southeastern PA Chapter, "We're here today to ensure Senator Baucus and Representative Camp hear the voices of everyday Philadelphians," said Glenavie Norton of ADA.  "We're here to tell them it's time for wealthy individuals and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.  The revenue generated from ending corporate tax dodging should go into our communities, not be used to lower the tax rates for multinational corporations."

Recap: National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage

Thanks to everyone who took action during the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage.  Because of you, we raised awareness through rallies across the country, sent a petition with over 8,000 signatures to Congress, and raised critical funds to help us further our #raisethewage efforts.

We must take action to raise the federal minimum wage. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who was recently honored at ADA’s Annual Awards Banquet, and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) have introduced a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and after that index it to inflation so minimum wage workers can get raises without having to ask Congress again and again. In addition, the tipped-employee minimum wage, stuck at $2.13/hour since 1998, would be raised to 70% of the regular minimum wage. Today’s minimum wage of $7.25/hour is not a living wage; in fact, working 8 hours per day at the current minimum wage full-time, year-round still places a worker $3,000 below the poverty line. It’s time to raise the wage!

Noteworthy:

  • ADA Delaware hosted two events last week. Special guest, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) Executive Director Matt Gardner, spoke about corporate tax policy.  Check out the photo highlights from the luncheon and happy hour celebrating the formal creation of the ADA Delaware chapter.
  • The Americans for Democratic Action Political Action Committee (PAC) is proud to announce its endorsement of Rep. Rush Holt for U.S. Senate. ADA/PAC works to elect liberals to the United States House of Representatives and Senate, and is supported by people - like you - who believe government should work for everyone, not just special interests or people with lots of money.  Learn more.
  • The Hill published ADA President Rep. Lynn Woolsey (Ret.)’s timely op-ed on the NLRB
  • Conservative politicians may be self-deluded enough to think that the spending cuts caused by sequestration have had no real impact on the economy or on the lives of their constituents.  Read Bob Lucore’s latest blog, “Cancel The Sequester To Grow Jobs And The Economy”.


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