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Stand Up for Low-Income Families and Children–Congressional To-Do List in the Lame Duck!

President Barack Obama has proposed a tax package to extend the middle-class tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000. The package includes a 13-month extension of federal unemployment insurance programs and extensions of the improvements to refundable tax credits that benefit low- to moderate-income working families.

Unfortunately, in order to extend these critical provisions, the president had to agree to a tax package that also contains a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for Americans making more than $250,000 a year and a weaker estate tax that benefits that very wealthiest Americans and does nothing to create jobs. While this package is not perfect, it includes a number of important provisions for vulnerable families and long-term unemployed workers, and in many ways, is the culmination of the actions we’ve asked you to take this year to reduce poverty and create jobs.

Negotiations on the package will continue over the next few days. Before Congress leaves for the holidays, remind them that several of the provisions in the package are non-negotiable and must be included in the final bill:

1. A 13-month reauthorization of the federal unemployment insurance programs, and;

2. Maintaining 2009 expansions to the earned income and child tax credits.

If possible, Congress should also extend the TANF Emergency Fund for one year and fix the SNAP cut in the child nutrition bill.

This is a pivotal moment. Write your representative today and ask them to stand up for low- to moderate- income families in the lame duck!

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