WATCH: Like Bernie? MoveOn Urges Phone-In "Filibuster" Today
On the heels of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' 9-hour speech on the Senate floor last Friday, MoveOn.org is sponsoring a "Phone-In Filibuster" today, urging people to call their senators en masse to tell them not to vote for the tax-cut package negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders. (A sign-up sheet can be found here.)
MoveOn's appeal to callers states:
As President Obama said, the middle class and unemployed have been essentially taken hostage by the Republicans, and as ransom they're demanding a massive tax handout to the richest Americans. But now, President Obama wants to pay that ransom.
So now it is up to the American people to stand up to the Republican hostage takers. On Monday, we're going to get a huge stream of calls flooding the Senate all day long from people demanding an end to the Bush tax cuts for the rich.
A video created for the campaign explains MoveOn's take on what's at stake in the battle, including organizers' hunch that regardless of the president's that the tax cuts for the rich and a Social Security payroll tax holiday are temporary, prevailing political winds suggest that they will renewed into the foreseeable future, especially with the 2012 congressional and presidential elections looming.
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