Springfield, IL – On the day (May 10, 2012) of the final vote and passage of the Republican plan dubbed “The Millionaires’ Dream Budget,” angry constituents of Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL) gathered at Republican Headquarters to call 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%. Learning that in fact, he did vote “No,” constituents are wondering aloud, Is that because the bill was not extreme enough?
The protesters included seniors, students, veterans, and childcare workers.
“I worked my whole life and paid my taxes and now I need some assistance and if I don’t get it, I go into a nursing home,” says Cilla Sluga, a lifelong resident of Springfield, Illinois. “I’m a senior now and in a wheelchair. I need twelve hours of home care a week so Representative Johnson needs to speak louder for my rights and tell his Republican friends to have their rich friends pay their taxes so I can live with some dignity in my own home.”