WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) – Labor leaders planned to press U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday to stay strong in his push for higher taxes on upper-income earners, labor officials said.

“We’re not asking anyone to do anything that is politically courageous. It’s not politically courageous to implement the broad mandate that the president and Democrats received to raise taxes on the top 2 percent,” AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser told The Wall Street Journal ahead of the 11:30 a.m. White House meeting.

“Clearly there was a mandate from this election. The American people are with the president on taxing the wealthiest Americans,” Service Employees International Union government affairs Director Peter Colavito told CNN.

 

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