Nurses Pressure Congress to Make Wall Street Pay Up

Friday, 26 Aug 2011 09:05 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Nurses from across the country will be paying a visit to their congressmen and senators Sept. 1 to demand that they raise taxes on Wall Street to help pay for the economic “devastation” on Main Street.

National Nurses United (NNU) has planned walk-ins to the local district offices of all 535 members of the House and Senate designed to focus attention on what the union says is at least one easy fix to the nation’s budget crisis a tax on the speculative trading they say helped lead to the economic collapse in 2008.

The group wants every Republican and Democrat to sign a pledge “to support a Wall Street transaction tax that will raise sufficient revenue to make Wall Street pay of the devastation it has caused on Main Street.”

“Everyday Americans are hurting, and they need jobs, healthcare, housing, quality education, nutrition, and a secure retirement — not more cuts — as has been the obsession of Congress” the group said in a statement announcing its plans.

Deborah Burger, NNU co-president, said a transaction tax, which is used by some other countries as a revenue source, could raise hundreds of billions to pay for programs “desperately needed to reduce the pain and suffering felt by so many families who feel abandoned in communities across this nation.”

The office visits are part of national campaign by the NNU that started earlier this year with protests outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington and the U.S. Stock Exchange in New York.

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