Senator Calls For Voters To Pressure Lawmakers

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Greensboro, NC -- Remember when Bank of America said it would charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards? Thousands of people protested online and at bank branches and the fee went away.    

So when your taxes might go up by hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars because Congress can't get a deal done to avert the fiscal cliff, where's the outrage?

The clock is ticking, so you might expect people would be lined up at their lawmakers' local offices to encourage them to make a deal. But even when a conservative political action group called for rallies at Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Rep. Howard Coble's (R-NC, 6th district) Greensboro offices Wednesday morning, hardly anyone showed up.

Just two people affiliated with the group showed up at Hagan's office, while only one stopped by Coble's. So we asked that lone lobbyist -- who works for the political group -- where was the support. And though no one was with him, he said he knows he's not alone.

"Sometimes [people] may feel that making a phone call is better for them," Neil Oakley of Americans For Prosperity said. "If they're a stay-at-home type person -- maybe they're a stay-at-home parent or an elderly person that doesn't get out -- maybe for them making a phone call or making an email to their congressman or senator is more effective."

That's a fair point, and even Sen. Hagan urged everyone to call their lawmakers and encourage them to compromise. Why? She says if they don't, the average North Carolina family will see $2,200 in income tax increases.

How else can you draw attention? Do what some Social Security workers did along Landmark Center Boulevard.

With chants and signs, Social Security workers picketed outside their office on their lunch breaks. They say if Social Security's funding is cut in this process, that could lead to furloughs for them and headaches for the rest of us.

"When we close early, that means that people can't get the service that they rely on," worker Nicole Ruebel said. "They call the office, we can't answer. Or they come to us and we're not there. We feel that that's a disservice to the public and that's why we're. We want to be able to do our job."

Whatever your position on the issue, there's only one way to make your voice heard -- and that's to contact your Congressional representative. Find their contact information here.

Source: WFMY News 2


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