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Right now, President Obama is working with leaders of both parties in Washington to reduce the deficit in a balanced way so we can lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth and prevent your taxes from going up.

Your voice and action helped re-elect President Obama, and hundreds of thousands of you have already responded to our survey, which will help shape our next steps. Thanks to your feedback, we’re taking immediate action on one of your suggestions: keeping you informed about how the President is fighting for you so you can continue to talk to your friends, family, and neighbors. So here’s the deal:The President's plan extends tax cuts for 98 percent of AmericansEliminates tax cuts for the wealthiest AmericansCuts spending by more than $3 trillionThe Results

That’s the President’s plan, but he’s not wedded to every detail. He is determined to work with Congress to find compromise and common ground. His guiding principle throughout this debate will be what’s best for the middle class. He’ll be fighting for you.

These problems are challenging, but they’re solvable. In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill to keep your taxes low. The House needs to pass it, and Congress should get it to the President as soon as possible.

There’s a lot at stake. With your help we’ll continue to move this country forward.

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a Thanksgiving message from Stephanie

Happy Thanksgiving!

Election season is over, and now it’s the time of the year to reflect on what means the most to us. For all of us at EMILY’s List, that’s you. When I think about what you helped accomplish on Election Day, I’m absolutely in awe of the power of this community.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You made history this year. And it’s all in the special video we put together to show just what amazing work you’ve done. Take a couple minutes and soak it all in.

You’ve done so much and I can’t thank you enough. You truly made this an historic year for women, and I can’t wait for our next one.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Take care,

Thanksgiving … White House / Council on Women and Girls

The White House

White House Women’s Update: Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings All-

We hope this message finds you well. Please find some updates below. We wish you and yours a happy holiday weekend.

President Obama Urges Congress to Act on Middle Class Tax Cuts

In his weekly address to the nation on November 17th, President Obama again emphasized his top priority — extending the middle class tax cuts. If Congress fails to act taxes will rise on 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses at the end of this year.

Watch the President’s full address:

Weekly Address: Working Together to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts

President Obama Discusses Human Trafficking During Asia Trip

On November 17th, the President began a four day trip to Asia. The President visited Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. This historic trip marked the first time that a sitting United States President visited Burma or Cambodia.

President Barack Obama greets Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop at her private residence in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop at her private residence in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On the second day of the trip, the President met with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand. Among the conversation about strengthening current partnerships, the President and Prime Minister also agreed to strengthen joint efforts to fight transnational crimes such as human trafficking. You can read the full joint press statement here.

The President also committed to anti-trafficking efforts when he met with leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN). The United States will work with ASEAN member states to support efforts to strengthen legal frameworks in defining and prohibiting human trafficking, increase cross-border joint investigation, and build capacity for a standardize response to the needs of trafficking victims. To learn more about the President’s meeting with ASEAN leaders, click here.

Shop Small Business on Saturday!

This Saturday, November 24th, is Small Business Saturday. As the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen G. Mills reminds us, small businesses are critical to the American economy. If you would like to register your business or learn which small businesses in your community are participating, visit

In Case You Missed It!

Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team stopped by the Oval Office for a visit with the President on November 15th.

President Barack Obama talks with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Steven Gluckstein, Savannah Vinsant, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Steven Gluckstein, Savannah Vinsant, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President also did a great impression of the infamous McKayla Maroney “not impressed” look.

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

a message from Bernie Sanders

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Crunch time is coming in terms of the fiscal cliff and deficit reduction. At a time when the wealthiest people are doing phenomenally well, while the middle class is disappearing, we must not balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable people in this country. Elections have consequences. The American people have spoken.

Please ask your friends, family and co-workers to contact the White House and their members of Congress: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs important to working families. It is time for some austerity for the wealthy and large corporations.

Below, I have included an op-ed I recently wrote for Politico which deals with this issue. Thanks for your efforts in fighting to protect the middle class.


Senator Bernie Sanders

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly
By Senator Bernie Sanders
November 18, 2012
The Democrats won a major victory on Election Day.

Despite dozens of billionaires spending huge amounts of money to defeat President Barack Obama, he won a crushing victory in the Electoral College and received 3 million more votes than former Gov. Mitt Romney did nationally. Democrats won 25 of 33 seats contested in the Senate and, to everyone’s surprise, expanded their majority there by two. They also gained seats in the House.

Now, with this victory behind them, the president and congressional Democrats must make it very clear that they will stand with the middle class and working families of our country. These are the people who, because of the Wall Street-caused recession, have seen a significant decline in their family income. These are the people who worry about whether they can afford health care and whether their kids will be able to attend college. The Democrats in the House and Senate must stand with these people — not the millionaires and billionaires who are doing just fine.

Most important, in the coming weeks and months, the Democrats must demand that deficit reduction is done in a way that is fair — and not on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. At a time when real unemployment remains close to 15 percent, we must also focus on creating the millions of jobs that our people need.

In America today, we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on Earth. Incredibly, the top 1 percent owns 42 percent of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 60 percent owns just 2.3 percent. In the last study done on income distribution, we learned that 93 percent of all new income generated between 2009 and 2010 went to the top 1 percent while the bottom 99 percent split the remaining 7 percent. This extraordinary unfairness is not only morally reprehensible, it is bad economics. It will be very difficult to create the jobs that our people need when so many Americans have little or no money to spend.

Congress must pass legislation to create a major jobs program to put millions of people back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. Throughout our country, we need a massive effort to improve our roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems, airports, rail, broadband and cellphone service. Rebuilding our infrastructure makes us more productive and internationally competitive — and creates millions of new jobs.

In terms of deficit reduction, let us not forget that in 2001, when Bill Clinton left office, this country had a $236 billion surplus. As a result of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were unpaid for, huge tax breaks for the rich, a Medicare prescription drug program put on the credit card and a significant decline in federal revenues because of the recession, we now have a $1 trillion deficit and a $16 trillion national debt.

Congress must address the deficit situation and the fiscal cliff, but we must do it in a way that is fair. At a time when the wealthiest people in this country are doing extremely well and their effective tax rates are low (think Romney), the people on top must pay their fair share of taxes to help us deal with the deficit. We must also end the outrageous loopholes that allow one out of four large profitable corporations to pay nothing in federal corporate income taxes. Further, it is absurd that current tax policy allows the wealthy and large corporations to avoid paying over $100 billion a year in federal taxes because they stash their money in tax havens in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere.

We must also take a hard look at wasteful spending in the Defense Department, where we now spend almost as much money as the rest of the world combined. Significant savings can be found at other federal agencies, too.

What we must not do, however, is move toward a balanced budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. Sadly, that is the approach that virtually all Republicans and some Democrats are advocating. As the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus, I look forward to working with other members of Congress, the AFL-CIO, senior and disability groups and the vast majority of people in our country who want to prevent cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and other programs vitally important to the working families of America.

In my view, if the Republicans continue to play an obstructionist role, the president should get out of the Oval Office and travel the country. If he does that, I believe that he will find that there is no state in the country, including those that are very red, where people believe that it makes sense to continue giving huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. I have a strong feeling that when large numbers of constituents all across this country start calling and emailing their senators and members of Congress about this issue, the American people will win this fight.

The good news is that we are already beginning to see some Republicans make thoughtful comments showing they understand that elections have consequences. Bill Kristol, the conservative commentator and Weekly Standard editor, said Sunday that the Republican Party should accept new ideas, including the much criticized suggestion by Democrats that taxes be allowed to go up on the wealthy. “It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer.”

Kristol is right. At a time when the gap between the very rich and everybody else is growing wider, common sense and justice require the people who are doing extremely well financially to help us in a significant way to reduce deficits.

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