The Answer Is: No Deal!
The deal struck between President Obama and Congressional Republicans on the Bush tax-cuts drew sharp criticism from a wide spectrum of progressives, including ADA. The unpopularity of the deal, which provides a two year extension on tax cuts for those making over $250,000, a record exemption from the estate tax, and potentially endangers the future of Social Security, was evident when it was rejected by the House Democratic Caucus last Thursday.
The first Senate vote is scheduled for 3 pm EST today; please call your Congressional representatives (capitol switchboard 1-877-762-8762) and tell them to reject this deal and reintroduce the desirable parts of it—a one-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits and middle-class tax relief—as separate legislation.
Next Steps for Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal was shot down in the Senate as Dems were only able to muster 57 out of the 60 votes needed to end the discriminatory policy. However, the battle is not over yet. Now, Senators Collins (R-ME), Lieberman (I-CT) and others are leading an effort to have the legislation passed as a stand-alone bill in the lame-duck session. If that doesn't work, there are always the Obama Administration moving by executive order or the courts.
We Can Still DREAM
Last week the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act, which allows bright, ambitious youth to pursue the American Dream regardless of their immigration status. Under the bill, young people brought to this country by their parents without proper documentation that graduate from high school, maintain a clean criminal record, and attend college or join the military, are given legal status and a pathway to citizenship. Initial concerns about the legislation’s prospects in the Senate may be unfounded; just to be sure, call your Senators today (capitol switchboard 1-877-762-8762) and ask them to make sure all young people can DREAM this holiday season.
- The ADA Education Fund is thrilled to announce Cheryl Kagan as the new Executive Director. Cheryl, a former Maryland State legislator, has spent 30 years working for progressive causes at all levels of government and with numerous advocacy organizations. She is also a valued member of ADA's board and has been involved with the organization for three decades.
- Looking for another year-end charitable donation that will give you a tax deduction for next year? Donate to the ADA Education fund by Dec. 12, 2010 and receive a tax deduction while supporting the progressive agenda.
- ADA Honorary Vice President, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke for 8 hours on the floor of the House in a rare Democratic filibuster against the recent tax-cut deal. Thank you, Bernie for your courage to stand up for average Americans.
- ADA National Director, Michael J. Wilson will be discussing the tax-cut deal and other pressing policy issues on the Union Edge talk radio today. Tune in here!
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