With the “fiscal cliff” deadline looming, local activists and community members continue to press U.S. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., to keep tax cuts for the middle class and let them expire for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.
They will hold what they’re calling a “holiday vigil” today at 5:30 p.m. outside of Kelly’s district offices.
Those offices are at the Intermodal Transportation Center on Erie’s east bayfront; 908 Diamond Park in Meadville; 182 Main St. in Greenville; and 108 E. Diamond St., first floor, Butler.
Since Dec. 1, this will be the fourth event at Kelly’s Erie office.
President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress have been unable to strike a deal on averting the fiscal cliff.
They have until Dec. 31 to reach an agreement that would prevent all taxpayers from seeing a raise in taxes and to stop huge spending cuts.
Republicans haven’t budged on raising tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, while Democrats are pushing back against a proposal to raise the eligibility rate for Medicare, according to the Associated Press.
– John Guerriero