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#My2k: What $2,000 Means to Americans

If Congress doesn't act, a typical middle class family would see its taxes rise by $2,200 if Congress doesn’t act. Americans around the country speak out about what $2,000 means to them.

If Congress fails to act before the end of the year, every American family’s taxes will automatically go up. A typical middle-class family of four would see their taxes rise $2,200 starting in 2013. Standing with middle-class families at the White House today, President Obama called on all Americans to speak out:

So today, I’m asking Congress to listen to the people who sent us here to serve. I’m asking Americans all across the country to make your voice heard. Tell members of Congress what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to you. Call your members of Congress, write them an email, post it on their Facebook walls. You can tweet it using the hashtag #My2K.

And they did. Take a look at what $2,000 means to Americans below, or over on Storify.

A year ago, during another big fight to protect middle class families, tens of thousands of working Americans called and tweeted and emailed to make their voices heard. The same thing happened earlier this year when college students across the country stood up and demanded that Congress keep rates low on student loans. When the American people speak out they help get things done in Washington -- and today, the President asked the American people to once again to add their voices to this effort.