THE BLOG
12/07/2012 01:00 pm ET Updated Feb 06, 2013

Congress Needs to Protect Colorado Families Like Mine, Not Tax Cuts for the Rich

This holiday season is full of worry for my family.

My daughter has multiple developmental delays and is legally blind. While she's 10 years old, mentally she is 3. She relies on five medications every day. She sees a therapist and as many as three doctors in a month. I'm thankful I have a good job with benefits, and I still cannot provide the care my daughter needs without the help of Medicaid and Social Security.

The Denver Post has reported that Congress is looking for a budget "compromise" that will allow politicians to avoid some automatic tax hikes and budget cuts during this year's lame duck session.

I'm one of the millions of people who are fearful that our elected officials are going to use the holiday season to focus on tax cuts for the rich, rather than what we told them we wanted on Nov. 6.

A lot of things are up in the air -- we don't know what cuts would be made -- but certainly Congress should put job creation ahead of cuts to programs for working families and the middle class.

The problem was solely created by Congress, but one they must solve by listening to the people who voted for them.

Election Day wasn't so long ago. Millions of Americans voted for the idea that we're all in this together and against the "you're on your own" republican philosophy of governing. On Election Day, we stood in line for hours to vote. If Washington turns their back to us over the next few weeks, it would break my heart.

While the election was relatively close, the direction for avoiding a "fiscal cliff" is clear.

Polls show vast majorities think Congress can deal with the deficit without cutting programs that keep people working, educate our kids and have worked to create America's middle class.

I want Congress to fight for us, for real people like my daughter, not for some budget deal with a catch-phrase.

I want our Colorado representatives here to know we thank them for working for us, and even though the task may be hard -- keep standing with us. The country is tired of politics. We want action and for congress to do what we voted for -- put the middle class first.

Gina Jones is a health care worker who lives and works in Denver.