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Americans United for Change Goes After GOP on Payroll Tax Cuts

December 1, 2011
Americans United for Change has made a new web video that accuses Republicans willing to let the payroll tax cut expire of raising taxes on middle class Americans as they protect the wealthiest Americans.

The video mixes clips of Republicans vowing not to raise taxes on anyone with narration that says letting the payroll tax cut expire is equivalent to raising taxes on 160 million middle class Americans.

"Congressional Republicans are threatening to raise payroll taxes on middle class Americans by $1,000 a year," the narrator says. "Why? Because they're refusing to make millionaires pay their fair share as part of a payroll tax package. To Republicans, it's just fine to raise your taxes as long as millionaires don't have to pay a penny more."

The video then shows a news clip of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying, "We should not be raising taxes on anyone."

The narrator then says, "Remember, when they say anyone, what they mean is millionaires and billionaires."

But GOP leaders have taken note of the problems with letting payroll taxes go up, as our colleagues Kelsey Snell and Dan Friedman report in today's NJ Daily. Instead of paying for the cut with higher taxes on the wealthy, though, Republicans are offering up a different proposal.

Snell and Friedman have more for subscribers:

Republican leaders privately warned rank-and-file lawmakers on Wednesday to get behind President Obama's requested payroll-tax cut extension or face election-year charges that the GOP raised taxes on Americans struggling in an uncertain economy.

While Republicans in the House and Senate remain divided over how to pay for the extension, both sides' plans will call for spending cuts to offset the cost, drawing in large part from proposals outlined by recent bipartisan deficit-reduction working groups and commissions.

A plan released by Senate Republicans on Wednesday would place the $120 billion bill for a one-year extension of the payroll-tax cut on the back of the federal workforce. It calls for a three-year freeze in government salaries and a 10 percent cut to the federal government's payroll.

Americans United for Change also sent out press releases on Wednesday targeting three Republican senators up for reelection in 2012 -- Olympia Snowe of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada and Scott Brown of Massachusetts -- asking if they are going to vote to let the payroll tax cut expire.

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