U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna met with constituents at his district office Monday, while a few activists stood outside and called on the congressman to support ending income tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.
Before the start of his open door meeting, Hanna stepped outside and talked to the activists representing Citizen Action of New York.
Mary Clark, regional director for Citizen Action of New York, said the group wanted to deliver a message to Hanna that they want to end tax cuts for high-income earners.
“What we’re trying to say today is that we’re really asking is to raise taxes on the ‘2 percent,'” Clark said. “We don’t think it’s fair that the richest of Americans — the wealthiest — have not been asked to sacrifice at all.”
The ongoing talks regarding the fiscal cliff include discussions about whether the so-called Bush tax cuts should end. Some liberal groups and Democrats would like to see the cuts end for those making more than $250,000, while conservatives and most Republicans argue that ending those tax breaks would hurt the economy.
Hanna said in an interview Monday that he doesn’t want to interfere or hinder the ongoing talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
“I certainly don’t want to get out in front of John Boehner and try and negotiate it,” he said. “Other people in the party have done that. It’s a mistake. He’s been picked by the majority of people in the party to lead. These things can blow up in your face by individual members getting out there and saying inappropriate or just off-the-cuff comments. It’s not helpful.”