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Middle Class Iowans in Several Iowa Cities to Deliver Letters and Petitions From Over 800 Iowans to Sen. Grassley

This news story was published on December 19, 2012.
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Des Moines, Iowa – On Thursday, December 20th at 12:30 p.m., Progress Iowa and local activists will join Iowa taxpayers at Sen. Chuck Grassley’s offices in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City, and Waterloo to deliver letters and petitions from over 800 Iowans in support of tax fairness gathered by Progress Iowa, CREDO Action, and local volunteers. Volunteers will also deliver a holiday card telling Grassley to “make it onto Santa’s list” by ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent.

Thursday’s events are part of a statewide series of petition deliveries and other events being organized across the country in partnership with national coalition The Action.

“Sen. Grassley seems to be content standing on the sidelines while many of his colleagues are finally standing up for the middle-class. Grassley should be calling for an end to tax cuts for the wealthiest two-percent of Americans,” said Matt Denner, an organizer with Progress Iowa. “We’re joining with Iowa taxpayers to tell Grassley his constituents want him to quit treating Medicare, Social Security, and our social safety net like bargaining chips, and act now for tax fairness, especially if he wants to make Santa’s list.”

Progress Iowa is working in conjunction with AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Working Families Win, SEIU Local 199, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, and Citizens for a Healthy Iowa to organize events this week and in the coming weeks with a focus on tax fairness and the “fiscal cliff.”

Middle class Iowans are gathering in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City, Waterloo and around the country to tell Congress: “It’s time to set our priorities straight–tax cuts for the wealthy means fewer Pell Grants, cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits, and more kids shoved into crowded classrooms.”

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