PRESS RELEASE: Santa Claus to Congress: Be Nice, Pass Tax Cuts for 98 Percent of Americans

Posted December 12, 2012

Father Christmas joins fiscal showdown negotiations, encourages Congressional leaders to remember the poorest and most vulnerable

WASHINGTON – Christmas came two weeks early to Capitol Hill. Santa Claus himself made an emergency appearance on the East Lawn of the US Capitol Building today, urging Congressional leaders to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” and get on to the business of passing tax relief for millions of American families.

Speaking at a press conference, Claus implored lawmakers to put partisan posturing aside and work together to help struggling families and not hold out for low taxes for the very wealthy.

“There is still time,” said Claus. “You all know I keep a very famous list. I assure you that I am checking it twice--each day--and very soon you’ll all know who has been naughty and who has been nice.”

Claus, famous for his annual holiday deliveries, said he’s grown to understand many of the families he meets every year are struggling to find real solutions for child care, job loss and medical care, and the “fiscal cliff” is the last thing these hurting families need.

He went on to urge parents to call their representatives in Congress immediately and ask they pass the tax cuts for middle class Americans. When asked about his prediction on whether a solution was imminent, he gave a stern warning.

“Coal is a lot heavier than toys,” he said. “I don’t want to have to come back here in two weeks with a bag full of coal for those too naughty to do the right thing for our children and families.”

Coincidentally, Claus spoke immediately after a House Republican delegation wrapped up their press event less than 100 yards away.

“It’s gratifying to hear such a beloved figure, Santa Claus, stand up for poor families and children,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United. “I echo Santa’s call for all Americans to contact their members of Congress and implore them to stand up for the poor and vulnerable. Pass tax relief for millions of Americans, spare the poorest from draconian cuts and end this fiscal showdown.”

Claus came as part of an educational coalition, invited by Catholics United Education Fund, who met with members of Congress to discuss middle class tax relief, the effects of austerity and action needed to combat global climate change.

Born in A.D. 270, Saint Nicholas, more commonly known as “Santa Claus,” is a Roman Catholic saint who has dedicated his life to promoting the message of peace and goodwill in Jesus Christ. His yearly Christmas Eve deliveries capture the imaginations of millions of good little boys and girls across the world.

Founded in 2004, Catholics United, and its educational arm, Catholics United Education Fund, are non-profit, non-partisan organizations dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition.

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