The Memorial Day Recess has begun for the U.S. Congress! This means that grassroots Americans will have one week to visit with their representatives at their district offices and to ask pressing questions at town hall meetings. Although skyrocketing gas prices brought about by the new congressional majority are most likely the #1 issue for many Americans, Eagle Forum urges you to add a few more critically important issues to your list of grievances:
Unless Congress acts to extend the Bush tax cuts in the Budget for Fiscal Year 2009 (H. Con. Res. 312),
America will see the largest tax increase in the history of the country. Currently, the 2009 Budget allows the following:
•Lowers the Child Tax Credit
from $1000 to $500.
•Restores the marriage penalty
•Increases capital gains
•Increases the income tax rate
for every income bracket.
•Lowers the exemption for the Alternative Minimum Tax
(AMT) for both single filers and married couples.
Planned Parenthood (PP) is the largest abortion provider in the U.S., and last year, it reported that it performed an additional 25,000 more abortions in 2006 than in 2005. PP netted a grand profit of $1 billion dollars in 2006, yet continues to receive over $300 million of taxpayer dollars every year. The goal of this Congress should be to defund Planned Parenthood by passing Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) bill, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
), as an amendment to this year's Labor/HHS Appropriations bill.
With the California Supreme Court overturning the state's laws banning same-sex marriage last week, we were reminded that the need for Congress to curb judicial activism is crucial. The Pledge of Allegiance, as well as many public expressions of religion, such as public displays of the Ten Commandments, are currently under attack by the courts. Make sure your congressmen are aware of Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) bill, the Pledge Protection Act
), and Rep. Dan Burton's (R-IN) bill, the Public Expression of Religion Act
), and urge them to become a cosponsor!
These are all hot-button issues, but they MUST be addressed!
Call, email, meet with and write letters to your representatives today!