Area students, seniors and community members called on Rep. West to stand with the 99%
On the eve of an anticipated final vote today on a Republican plan they have dubbed “The Millionaires’ Dream Budget,” angry constituents of Rep. Allen West gathered yesterday at his West Palm Beach office. They called on him to vote no on $4.6 trillion in new tax giveaways to Wall Street, CEOs and the richest 1% of Americans that require cuts to essential services that impact the 99%.
The constituents—among them seniors, students and veterans called on Rep. West to vote against the final version of the U.S. House Republican budget, which would give new tax cuts averaging $150,000 to anyone earning over $1 million and pay for these and other tax breaks through cuts to healthcare, veterans’ benefits, jobs assistance, student loans and school lunches.
Dan Foote, veteran and retiree, said he came out today because “Allen West seems so busy exchanging tweets, Facebook posts, and inflammatory remarks with the national media; we wanted to make sure he hears what his constituents want. West says he protects Veteran’s and senior citizens, but he consistently votes to cut our benefit programs while protecting the wealthy.”
About 20 demonstrators waved signs and chanted along Dixie Highway before moving to Rep. West office. Steve Martin, the office manager would not address the whole group but allowed two demonstrators into the office to voice the concerns for the group.
“We’re calling on Rep. West to vote no on this shameful Millionaires’ Dream Budget because we are angry about the idea of more new tax breaks for the richest 1% on the backs of students, seniors, veterans, and hardworking Americans,” said student Vik Miryala at today’s protest. “West continually votes to reduce the civil liberties and the well-being of the people who are part of the 99%.”