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You've got to give them credit. They've got a lot of nerve.

Unbelievably, details are surfacing about a plan proposed by Senator Toomey (R-PA) and some of his colleagues on the Congressional “Super Committee” that would actually REDUCE tax rates for millionaires while cutting essential services for children, youth, and the elderly.  In fact, Senator Toomey's proposal would cut estate taxes for the very wealthy by $1 million dollars a piece below 2009 levels for the wealthiest one-quarter of 1 percent of Americans; and RAISE taxes for people with incomes of less than $200,000. [1]

What!? That's just plain backwards.

It's time for America's 99 percent to weigh in!  Can't march on Washington today?  No problem!

*Call a Senator on the Super Committee now by using this phone number: 888-892-2110. It's fast and easy!  Our system will connect you directly to Capitol Hill!

When you are connected to the office of a Super Committee member you can say something like this:

"My name is X and I live in X city.  I'm calling today because I want to make sure that the Super Committee does not cut important services for children and families, while giving tax cuts for corporations and the very wealthy."

[If you are particularly concerned about a certain program like Medicaid, HeadStart, K-12 education, Pell Grants, WIC, Social Security or Medicare, you can add that to your comment - e.g. I'm particularly concerned about [X program] which is very important to my family.]

(We'll repeat these ideas to you on the phone right before you are connected.)

They won't ask you any hard questions, I promise!  But it makes a big impression on members of Congress that people care enough about an issue to call them and they'll record that you called and why you called.

And this is a critical time to weigh in.  The “Super Committee” is charged with coming up with a proposal by November 23rd (just 7 days from now!) to reduce the deficit by at least 1.2 trillion dollars.  And in these final days, the twelve members of the Super Committee will be trying to understand what the American people care about most.  So making calls to legislators is the most powerful thing you can do.

Right now, decisions are being made that could fundamentally change the direction of our country for years to come.  Your calls will send a clear message that Americans want to reduce our deficit by finally closing tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy individuals and cutting wasteful defense spending, rather than by cutting essential programs for children and families like Head Start, K-12 education, Pell Grants, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

Call this number now 888-892-2110 to let your Senators know that any deficit reduction solutions that does not close tax loopholes for the wealthy and corporations is not acceptable to America's families!

Thanks so much for standing up for the 99%!


P.S.  Want more inside info on what's happening with the Super Committee and why we need to weigh in with Congress?  You are officially invited to an emergency update call with Senator Al Franken today, November 16th at 4 p.m. EST.  Register here to join by phone or by computer:

When you register, you will receive instructions for connecting by phone and/or computer. There will be some slides accompanying this update online, and if you want to ask questions and download materials, you will need to do it by computer. But you will be able to follow everything on this 20-minute call by phone, if that’s more convenient for you.  This update call/webinar is off the record; it is not intended for the press.

[1] Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,

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