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I oppose your holiday vacation until the "fiscal cliff" is STOPPED.
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I oppose your holiday vacation until the "fiscal cliff" is STOPPED.

    1. Petition by

      Nicole Hayward

      Brooklyn, United States

While the U.S. is in economic turmoil, many hard-working Americans must forgo vacation to keep their businesses up and running. Meanwhile, 7.9% of Americans don't have jobs from which to take vacation. Vacation is a luxury that is earned. Yet, in just a few days, Congress will take off for the holidays— likely 4 to 5 weeks until they reconvene. If the fiscal cliff is still looming, this is unacceptable.

No matter what party line you're on, you may have a hard time ringing in the New Year with confetti and cheer when you are bound to pay on average $2,200 in taxes more next year.

While it may have a hokey name, the fiscal cliff is real, and it will affect you. For those of you losing homes to foreclosures and short sales, you will owe thousands of tax dollars on the loss (if Mortgage Forgiveness Relief Act not renewed). Students will lose their tax breaks. Parents won't be able to claim their children 19-23 as dependents anymore. Doctors will be paid 30% less from Medicare. And, there's much more.

"In all, according to an analysis by J.P. Morgan economist Michael Feroli, $280 billion would be pulled out of the economy by the sunsetting of the Bush tax cuts; $125 million from the expiration of the Obama payroll-tax holiday; $40 million from the expiration of emergency unemployment benefits; and $98 billion from Budget Control Act spending cuts." [WSJ]

Please sign this petition to stop Congress from taking an obscenely long holiday vacation if they cannot come to agreement to prevent the fiscal cliff.

Congress: Negotiate. Put it in writing. Sign. Do your job.

To:
Congress
I oppose your holiday vacation until the "fiscal cliff" is STOPPED.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. House staves off fiscal cliff, but more money squabbles lie ahead

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      House staves off fiscal cliff, but more money squabbles lie ahead

      With the fiscal cliff deal in limbo, what's your New Year's message to Washington? Go to CNN iReport to share your video. Washington (CNN) -- After exhaustive negotiations that strained the country's patience, the House has approved a Senate bill to thwart a dreaded fiscal cliff.

    2. Obama says deal to avert 'fiscal cliff' appears to be in sight

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      With no deal and only hours to go, US economy heads toward 'fiscal cliff'

      (CNN) -- With only hours left Monday to avert what economists predict will be a one-two punch to the U.S. economy, Senate Democrats and Republicans were trying to negotiate a last-minute deal aimed at heading off a year-end combination of spending cuts and tax increase that could trigger a new recession.

    3. Congress edges closer to 'fiscal cliff' deal but can't close it

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      'Do something!' Americans fed up with Washington as fiscal-cliff deadline looms

      Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Friday that "the American people should be disgusted" the nation's leaders haven't been able to avert the fiscal cliff. Well, mission accomplished. John Makely / NBC News Across the country, people are shaking their heads about negotiations that go nowhere and fingers that point everywhere while the nation hurtles toward the precipice of a new economic crisis.

    4. 'Do something!' Americans fed up with Washington as fiscal-cliff deadline l

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      'Do something!' Americans fed up with Washington as fiscal-cliff deadline looms

      Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Friday that "the American people should be disgusted" the nation's leaders haven't been able to avert the fiscal cliff. Well, mission accomplished. John Makely / NBC News Across the country, people are shaking their heads about negotiations that go nowhere and fingers that point everywhere while the nation hurtles toward the precipice of a new economic crisis.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. 'Fiscal cliff': Obama hits the road, investors move assets, Republicans get

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      'Fiscal cliff': Obama hits the road, investors move assets, Republicans getting it wrong

      Preparing for 'fiscal cliff,' investors move assets to avoid higher taxes: As lawmakers struggle to agree on a plan to avert the series of tax increases looming next year, many investors are taking preemptive action to get out of harm's way.

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. "Cliff" Talks Stalled, Obama Lobbies Big Business

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      "Cliff" talks stalled, Obama lobbies big business

      With talks between the White House and Congress over a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" all but frozen, President Obama today turned his focus to the business community, urging attendees at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable to help him lobby Congress for a "balanced" deal that includes tax hikes for the nation's wealthiest earners.

    9. Governers urge Obama, lawmakers to avoid 'fiscal cliff"

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      Governors urge Obama, lawmakers to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

      In Virginia, the legislature has established a $30 million contingency fund to guard against federal reductions and the governor has asked agencies to prepare budgets that include across-the-board 4 percent cuts - just in case. Fitch Ratings said Monday that the possibility that Congress will not avert the fiscal cliff poses the most significant credit risk to states in 2013.

    10. "Fiscal cliff" clock ticks, political battle rages

      Nicole Hayward
      Petition Organizer
      "Fiscal cliff" clock ticks, political battle rages

      Washington Last week began with high hopes of "fiscal cliff" deal making but ended with the reality that both sides are galaxies apart. Now the negotiations enter another time-sensitive week, and with few illusions as to where each side stands. The talks are going to have to move a great deal before a compromise can be reached.

    11. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dale Lewis YORKVILLE, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I am tired of struggling every day, just to get my family by......

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    • Maria McClure Roseberry FIRESTONE, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      You need to get serious and do your job. Which, by the way, is representing the citizens of the United States. So quit thinking about your own selfish interest and star thinking about what is good for the country. No vacation until you fix this mess!

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    • Janet McCracken GLENDALE, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      I am tired of congress acting only in their self-interest and being so out of touch with the American public. There should be no vacations until they have addressed this major issue. Further, their retirement plan should be changed to Social Security and their health benefits should be what the "average" American worker receives. Term limits of 8 years should be imposed so that they cannot use this job that we the public pay for as a way to use insider information to become millionaires! Enough is Enough!

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    • David Bennett SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I worked Christmas day. I'm working now. I'm working to avoid the 10% company-wide layoffs that this years tax policies are responsible for. Honorable leaders cannot conscience asking more than they are willing to give themselves. Get back to it at once.

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    • Christopher Breton ST. PETERSBURG, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Your laziness and inability to compromise threatens the livlihoods of Millions of people. Nearly every economist predicts that America will go back into recession if you don't act to soften the blow. Get your act together or I will be leading the charge to vote all incumbents out of office. We shall see how you like it when you don't have a job.

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