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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:54 PM

Progressive groups try to exert more pressure on lawmakers


The groups, Americans for Tax Fairness and the Action, are planning more than 100 events on Saturday to push for the rates to rise for couples making more than $250,000.

While these organizations' initiatives are mostly focused on the tax part of the issue, other progressive groups are focusing on the spending side, urging the White House not to push for major cuts in entitlement programs Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

The advocacy group MoveOn and a group of major unions American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and National Education Association (NEA) - sponsored efforts at lobbying congressional members this week.

"Make no mistake, we will not rest until Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and education are spared from cuts. We won't take our foot off the gas. So stay tuned," Chris Fleming, a spokesman for AFSCME, told CNN.

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