Protesters gather to urge deal on fiscal cliff

Protesters gather to urge deal on fiscal cliff

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Outside the Chase Bank building in downtown Austin, a group of protestors gathered to get the attention of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who has an office in the building.

"All we have is people power and our voice and we want to express that," said Christie Smith, an organizer with the Texas State Employees Union.

Protests taking place across the country on December 10 are being called the "Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts."

"We feel very strongly that we would like to see the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire. We're not asking for additional taxes on the wealthy," explains Smith.

In addition to that, these labor union activists and members of National Nurses United oppose possible cuts to Social Secuirty, Medicare and Medicaid.

"We're working people. We've paid into these funds all our lives and feel really strongly that they should be preserved for us as we get older and also for future generations," Smith told FOX 7.

They are concerned about potential tax hikes if Congress and the White House don't find a way to avoid the so called "fiscal cliff."

"That has a rippling effect on everything else. Not only does it make you poorer as a family, but it means we slip back into a recession," said Bill Hamm with MoveOn.org.

He added that's why they're standing united with fellow working Americans to ask lawmakers to think of them as they try to reach a deal.

"I don't want us to be forgotten. We are the people that built America and we don't want to be left behind."

A report prepared for the Texas Senate estimated that nearly 4,000 jobs could be lost as a result of a projected $565 million cut in federal funds for child care, job training, cancer and AIDS screening, which would impact several million Texans.

 

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