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GSP - Dozens of activists join The Action to urge lame ducks Bass, Guinta to get back to work

Fighting the cold, activists from around the state demonstrated outside Bass's Concord office and Guinta's Manchester office demanding action on the fiscal cliff


Concord – Activists working with The Action, a joint project of Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action, demonstrated outside the Concord office of lame duck Rep. Charlie Bass and the Manchester office of lame duck Rep. Frank Guinta today to demand that the House get back to work to stop the country from going over the fiscal cliff and protect the middle class by maintaining the current tax rates for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses.

"The House is returning to Washington in a couple of days and we’re asking Congressman Frank Guinta to do the right thing and vote for an extension of the middle-class cuts. These tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small business owners will allow New Hampshire taxpayers to keep $2000 that they can spend in our local economy and speed our recovery," The Action press secretary Keith McCrea said outside Guinta's office on Lowell St. in downtown Manchester. "After Speaker Boehner’s failure to secure the votes for his own caucus for his ‘Plan B,’ time is running short. Please, Congressman Guinta, vote to extend the middle-class tax cuts and urge your leader, Speaker John Boehner, to bring it to a vote.


The House, including lame ducks Bass and Guinta,  spent last week on vacation while the Senate and Pres. Obama have returned to DC to try to find a solution to the on-going uncertainty created by the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' After the failure of Speaker Boehner's 'Plan B,' the GOP leadership of the House has failed to offer any solutions while the Senate passed a bill over the summer to protect the middle-class. Speaker Boehner has refused to bring this bill to a vote. 


The Action has demonstrated from Pittsburg, at a town hall for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, to Nashua where they delivered over 400 petition signatures to Congressman Charlie Bass’s office urging him to vote for middle-class tax relief. We’ve been joined by small business owners from florists to jewelers, by volunteers and students, and by elected leaders from across the state. Hundreds have joined the call and their actions have been covered by media outlets including WBIN tv, NHPR, the Concord Monitor, the Nashua Telegraph, NH Patch, and local radio stations throughout the state.


ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action NH is a joint project of NH Citizens Alliance for Action and Granite State Progress, and part of a national grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.


GSP - Former VA. Congressman Tom Perriello briefs local reporters on "austerity minefield"

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Perriello was  joined by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute's Jeff McLynch to discuss New Hampshire impacts  


Concord – Center for American Progress Action president Rep. Tom Perriello, a former member of both the Veterans' Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, briefed reporters Thursday on the current state of the fiscal cliff discussions and the consequences for us if we fail to pass tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of businesses and continue investments in infrastructure. 


Speaking to reporters from his D.C.-area office, Perriello pointed out that what we currently face is less a fiscal cliff than an "austerity minefield" made up of "landmines" including the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, the end of unemployment benefits for many Americans, the payroll tax holiday, the so-called Medicare "doc fix" adjusting doctors Medicare reimbursements, the defense sequester, and the alternative minimum tax.


"These are only really together by happenstance. Some could be fixed by Congress individually either now or retroactively," Perriello said. "Doing nothing means a return to the Clinton tax code as opposed to the current Bush code, which were not great for growth," Perriello said.


McLynch, executive director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute echoed Perriello's remarks.


"New Hampshire is in better shape than much of the country, but our growth is still slow," McLynch said. "The number of defense-related jobs that New Hampshire has also makes us vulnerable to the sequester in a way that other states might not."


While Rep. Perriello remains optimistic about the chance for a solution, many in Washington view the refusal of Republican lawmakers to consider rate increases on the most affluent of taxpayers an obstacle. In New Hampshire, while Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted for a bill that would keep in place tax rates for middle-income families without protecting wealthier Americans, neither Congressmen Charlie Bass or Frank Guinta have been willing to sign on to the measure.



ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action is a grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.  New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action is leading the charge in New Hampshire.


NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on President Obama Fighting for Middle Class Tax Cuts

CONCORD - Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party,  released the following statement on President Obama's commitment to fighting for an extension of tax cuts for the middle class, in addition to working toward a balanced approach to reducing our nation's deficit:


"When people in New Hampshire went to the polls on November 6th, they sent a clear message to Washington: they want their elected leaders to cooperate to find a solution to bringing down America's deficit and to work together to find a balanced approach. President Obama has a plan that reduces our deficit by $4 trillion. It asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share and continues making the investments needed for economic growth - such as key investments in small businesses, American manufacturing, education, and clean energy. The President remains open to reaching a compromise, but throughout these discussions, his bottom line will always be a balanced approach that's best for middle-class families.


"As we find ourselves in the holiday season, both parties should work together to pass a renewal of tax cuts for the middle class, so New Hampshire families can have some added certainty. If we take swift action, we can avoid a blow to consumer spending, which constitutes roughly 70% of the American economy. Through an extension of middle class tax cuts, every single American will receive a tax break on the first $250,000 of their income, and income taxes will not increase for 98% of families and 97% of small businesses. But if we don't pass an extension, hardworking families will get hit with an income tax hike of $2,200 in a matter of weeks.


"Republicans in Congress have indicated they share the President's view that new revenue must be a part of any deal that responsibly reduces our deficit. Now they need to get serious about the specifics. New Hampshire middle-class families cannot afford a tax hike at this crucial moment for our economy. It's time for the Republican Party to come to the table and agree to a credible plan that pays down our nation's deficit and protects the investments that will continue to grow our economy. The President is ready and willing to get down to business - working with both Democrats and Republicans to move the middle class forward."


GraniteStateProgress - Grassroots organization launches online petition urging Congressmen Bass, Guinta to do their jobs for 98% 

Grassroots  group The Action plans to deliver petitions to lame ducks next week

Concord – Congressmen Charlie Bass (NH-2) and Frank Guinta (NH-1) may have lost their re-election bids, but they are still representing us in Washington as the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations begin. Today saw the release of an online petition urging Bass and Guinta to support efforts in the House to bring to a vote a bill, already passed by the Senate, which would maintain tax cuts for98% of all Americans and 97% of small businesses. Activists will be delivering these petitions to later in the month.

Taylor Coots, state director for The Action (, the group organizing the petition drive explained the effort.

"An extension for the middle class tax cut is through the Senate, but Speaker Boehner won't bring it to the House floor for an up or down vote.  It is high time Congressmen Bass and Guinta do the right thing, break with the Speaker, and put New Hampshire middle class families ahead of Washington politics."

A ‘discharge petition’ is currently being circulated in the House of Representatives and would give the House a chance for an up-or-down vote on a $2,000 tax cut for 98% of Americans.  Voters in New Hampshire are urging our congressmen – both of whom have long advocated for low taxes and middle-class economic health – to demonstrate their support for both low taxes and the middle class by signing the discharge petition and voting in support of the Senate bill.

Pres. Obama has advocated starting the process of getting the nation’s budget house in order with this measure. "Let's begin our work with where we agree," the president said, observing that the Senate has already passed the bill and that both parties agree that increasing middle-class taxes would hobble the recovery. "If we can get a few House Republicans to agree as well, I'll sign this bill as soon as the House sends it my way."

( “GOP divide over Obama tax plan goes public,” Tom Cohen, November 28, 2012

ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action is a grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.  New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action is leading the charge in New Hampshire.


Shea-Porter Statement on VP Pick Paul Ryan

New Hampshire-   Governor Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential candidate. Paul Ryan is the architect of the disastrous Ryan budget plan to privatize Medicare, give tax cuts to the very rich, and hurt the middle class.

Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement.

 “While voting for all of the Bush era big spending, Congressman Paul Ryan tried to privatize Social Security. This Congress, he proposed to privatize Medicare, give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest, and to cut programs such as Meals on Wheels and student aid. Congressman Frank Guinta voted along with him on all the drastic budget cuts that targeted the middle class, and New Hampshire voters will reject their agenda in November.”