By Michael Catalini, National Journal
About 200 union leaders from 33 states are coming to Washington today to lobby lawmakers on the fiscal cliff, calling on Congress to raise taxes on the rich and preserve entitlement programs.
Local officials from the AFL-CIO, National Education Association, Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will ask members of Congress to raise tax rates on top earners and not to cut benefits to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The influential labor groups, which together have spent millions lobbying government this year, have been making the same request of legislators since soon after Election Day.
Union officials will meet with lawmakers of both parties from both chambers of Congress, but the primary target will be Senate Democrats, NEA government relations director Mary Kusler told the Alley. Why?