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Call your senators and urge them to support the filibuster against H.R. 5970

Democrats have been pushing to raise the minimum wage, but Republicans have tacked on an addition to the bill that will lower estate taxes for the very rich, which will in turn be paid for by the government and thus cut money out of healthcare and other programs. If the very wealthy receive more tax breaks the poor will not truly benefit from the minimum wage increase and the gap between the haves and have-nots will only become wider. Please don't let the interests of the wealthy come before the welfare of the working class.

From AFL-CIO:

This week, we have to stop Republican leaders from ramming a bill through the Senate that holds a minimum wage increase hostage to more massive tax breaks for the very rich. In a repulsive political maneuver long after midnight Saturday morning, the House linked a $2-an-hour increase in the minimum wage to tax breaks for multimillion dollar estates that will cost the U.S. Treasury some $750 billion—forcing cuts in food and health care assistance for low-wage workers, as well as unemployment help.

Call your senators now, toll free, at
1-888-355-3588
Please click here to let us know you called.
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/tellus_youcalled

Political observers call this one of the most cynical legislative maneuvers they’ve seen in years. Republican House leaders were so desperate to cut the estate tax for a small number of very rich families—and so afraid of facing constituents who are demanding a minimum wage hike—they abandoned all shame on this one. Now the Senate must act.

Right now, please take a moment to call your senators. Tell them: Reject the House’s cynical attempt to hold a minimum wage increase hostage to slashing estate taxes for the rich. Support the filibuster against H.R. 5970.

Call your senators now, toll free, at
1-888-355-3588
Please click here to let us know you called.
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/tellus_youcalled

Increasing the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 would give some 6.6 million low-wage workers a much-needed $1,200 a year raise and would not cost taxpayers a dime. In contrast, the estate tax cut would exempt estates as large as $7 million—permanently—from the tax and lower taxes for even wealthier estates. The payoff? An average $1.4 million windfall for each of roughly 8,200 rich estates. And a $750 billion tab for taxpayers.

It gets worse! House Republican leaders poisoned the minimum wage portion of the measure by slipping in a vindictive provision that would actually lower pay for tipped employees and prohibits states from fully restoring their wage protections.

Don’t let the Senate accept this disgusting political ploy by House Republicans. Call your senators now and tell them to support the filibuster against H.R. 5970.

Call your senators now, toll free, at
1-888-355-3588
Click here to let us know you called.
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/tellus_youcalled

Thank you for taking action for America’s working families.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO

P.S. We need to make the senators’ phones ring off the hook. Once you have called your senators, please forward this e-mail to others who are as outraged as you are by the House Republicans’ shameless political ploy. Urge them to call their senators, too.
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