Fiscal Cliff: High Stakes for Latinos and America’s Future




December 03 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Joseph Rendeiro
jrendeiro@nclr.org
(202) 776-1566

NCLR telephonic press briefing examines impact of looming budget and tax decisions on Latino families

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the indelible mark of Latinos on the 2012 election in the history books, all eyes now turn toward Capitol Hill, where Congress is set to decide on a plan of action to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”  Join NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and leaders from Congress and the White House on Wednesday, December 5, at 1 p.m. EST, for a critical discussion on how the tax and budget debate in Washington will affect Latinos.

The massive budget cuts scheduled to take place after the new year will target vital programs for Latinos in the areas of education, health, housing and job training, and result in a tax hike for working families—unless Congress takes action.  The stakes are high for Latinos, and the wrong fiscal approach will cause long-term damage to the Hispanic community.  Congress must ensure that the top two percent of earners in the U.S. pay their fair share in order to reduce the national deficit, while averting budget cuts that would decimate the economic security of Hispanic households.  Participants will discuss these harmful effects on working families and other vulnerable individuals, as well as the detrimental impact that these cuts would have on the recovery of the fragile U.S. economy.

If you plan on participating in the briefing, RSVP to Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or (202) 776-1566.

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: 
“Fiscal Cliff:  High Stakes for Latinos and America’s Future,” a telephonic press briefing

WHO: 
Congressman Xavier Becerra (D–CA)
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
Brian Deese, Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council
Julie Rodriguez, Associate Director of Latino Affairs and Immigration, White House Office of Public Engagement

WHEN: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1 p.m. EST

HOW: 
Call: (866) 952-1906
Conference Title:  “What's at Stake for Latinos”
Conference ID:  BUDGET

TO COVER:  Please contact Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or (202) 776-1566.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas