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NEWS STORIES

Group Calls on Rep. Duffy to Pass Middle-Class Tax BreaksSubmitted: 12/10/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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WAUSAU - While the fiscal cliff crisis wears on, a group in Wausau wants Congressman Sean Duffy to end it before time runs out.

Members of Wisconsin Jobs Now rallied in downtown Wausau this afternoon. They say they're there to urge the Congressman to listen to the middle class.

"This whole fiscal cliff debate that we've been hearing about for quite some time now could all end if they would just extend middle class tax cuts and end tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. There's an awful lot of research out there that proves this would not hurt job creation. And there's also the patriotic millionaires that have been begging for years to pay a higher tax rate because they believe it's the patriotic thing to do," says Joel Lewis, from Wausau.

Congressional Republicans have been negotiating for all Bush-era tax breaks to stay in place, and to cut spending on entitlement programs...

But Democrats want America's wealthiest to pay a little more.

"We're handing out some literature just to explain what this vote is about, how they can affect it by calling Sean Duffy or writing to him or lobbying; just to increase awareness," says Lewis.

Duffy's spokesman John Gentzel sent us this statement: "Congressman Duffy continues to work toward a serious bipartisan resolution to the fiscal cliff that grows our economy through reduced Government spending and prevents Wisconsin's middle-class families from getting hit with a tax increase."

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