Please Oppose Extending Tax Cuts for the Richest Two Percent

July 24, 2012

Dear Senator:

As national organizations concerned with our economy, jobs, protecting critical services for the middle class and the most vulnerable, and meeting our fiscal challenges, we are writing to urge you to ensure that the tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush that benefit the richest two percent of Americans be allowed to expire on schedule at the end of this year. It is time to begin to restore some basic fairness to our tax system.

Ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans, households with incomes over $250,000, is simply asking them to pay their fair share. Americans admire financial success, but over the last decade wealthy Americans were enriched even further by substantial tax breaks while millions of other Americans saw their wages drop in real terms. The gap between the richest households and everyone else in the U.S has widened to historically high levels.

If we continue unaffordable tax breaks for the richest two percent, we won’t be able to address critical national priorities demanding attention – such as supporting education, strengthening Medicare, creating jobs, improving our infrastructure, and helping the millions of families struggling to get by. We’ll have to borrow even more money to finance these tax cuts, adding to deficits and making it harder to effectively address our significant long-term fiscal challenges. And tax cuts heavily tilted towards the wealthy have proven to be a failed economic strategy because they create many fewer jobs compared with alternatives. Simply put, we cannot afford to continue to give large tax cuts to those who need them the least.

Congress may consider temporarily extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts later this month. We strongly oppose this, as well as proposals to extend the tax cuts up to the $1 million income level. With the threshold set at $250,000, 98 percent of Americans would receive their full tax cuts next year, and all Americans would receive a tax cut on their first $250,000 in income.  Raising the threshold to $1 million would lose $366 billion in revenue over the coming decade compared to extending the tax cuts only up to the $250,000 income level, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Almost half of the benefits of the higher threshold would go to millionaires. The middle class would be left to pick up the tab.

Polls show that about two out of three Americans agree that we should end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans.  When the proposals come to a vote, we hope we can count on you to ensure the tax cuts for these wealthy Americans expire at the end of this year.

Thank you for considering our views on this most important matter.




9to5, National Association of Working Women


Alliance for a Just Society

Alliance for Early Childhood Finance

Alliance for Retired Americans

American Association of University Women

American Federation of Government Employees

American Federation of School Administrators

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

American Friends Service Committee

American Sustainable Business Council

Americans for Democratic Action

Americans for Tax Fairness

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen

Business for Shared Prosperity

Campaign for America’s Future

Campaign for Community Change

Campus Progress

Center for American Progress Action Fund

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Children’s Defense Fund

Citizens for Tax Justice

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Coalition on Human Needs

Common Sense Inc.

Communications Workers of America

Community Action Partnership

Community Organizations In Action

Democracy for America

Democrats for Education Reform

Direct Care Alliance

Disabled Rights Action Committee

Economic Policy Institute Policy Center

Every Child Matters Education Fund

Faith in Public Life

Families USA

Food Research and Action Center

Franciscan Action Network

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Friends of the Earth

Gray Panthers

Green for All

Half in Ten

Health Care for America Now

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers

Islamic Society of North America

Japanese American Citizens League

Leadership Center for the Common Good Action Fund

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of Rural Voters

LiUNA! Laborers’ International Union of North America

Main Street Alliance

Medicare Rights Center

Mexican American Political Association


National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Association for Hispanic Elderly

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Council of La Raza

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Farmers Union

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

National Immigration Law Center

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

National Low Income Housing Coalition

National Nurses United

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National People’s Action

National Priorities Project

National Respite Coalition

National Treasury Employees Union

National Women’s Law Center

National Women’s Health Network

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

New Bottom Line

New Rules for Global Finance

OMB Watch

Pax Christi USA

PICO National Network

Progressive Congress

Progressive Democrats of America

Promise the Children

Protestants for the Common Good

Public Citizen

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition (REHDC)

Responsible Wealth


Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Service Employees International Union

Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Institute Justice Team

Social Security Works

Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice

Tax Justice Network – USA

Teach our Children, Inc.

The Arc

The Greenlining Institute

The National Council on Independent Living

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

UAW, International United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

United for a Fair Economy

United Mine Workers of America

United Steelworkers

U.S. Labor Against the War


Voices for America’s Children

Voices for Progress

Wealth for the Common Good

Wider Opportunities for Women

Working America

Young Democrats of America