Daily Call To Action: December 11th, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: December 11th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

The massively unpopular House and Senate tax bills have now been referred to a conference committee to be “reconciled” and the result will need to be voted on again by each of the House and Senate. Because the Senate tax bill was drafted in secrecy by various lobbyists, without hearings, is it loaded with glitches.

Both the House and the Senate versions contain massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes for many middle class taxpayers and small businesses.

Both bills contain assaults on Americans’ healthcare, with the Senate bill repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The House bill also slams the middle class by eliminating deductions for medical expenses.

Both bills generate huge deficits that are expected to result in dramatic spending cuts, which House Majority Leader Paul Ryan is already “promising” to offset with cuts to crucial programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Provisions of both bills raise taxes for colleges, universities and students, by taxing endowments for the first time, eliminating the interest deduction on student loans and taxing tuition benefits of grad students as income.

The bills also eliminate deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) and would plunge home prices in blue states, which typically have higher taxes and provide higher services, setting off a cascade that could cause a nationwide recession.

GOP leadership is determined to pass a tax bill to satisfy donors, but given the numerous problems, conflicting interests among GOP legislators and the adverse impacts on their constituents, it is still possible we can defeat this terrible bill with sustained pressure.

Your Action

Call your 3 members of Congress and urge them to oppose any tax plan that benefits corporations and the wealthy over the middle class, imperils the health insurance or crucial benefits for many Americans or makes education less affordable.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • I urge [Rep/Sen____] to vote no on any tax bill that:
    • Gives massive cuts to corporations and the wealthy while millions of middle class families and small businesses have tax increases.
    • Risks the lives of Americans by repealing the ACA individual mandate, raising premiums for everyone and causing millions to lose insurance.
    • Risks the lives and health of Americans by creating huge deficits that lead to cuts in crucial programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
    • Hurts education by eliminating the deductions for student loans and sharply increasing taxes on grad students and colleges.
  • [Republicans in Blue states]: Oppose any bill that curtails the ability to deduct state and local taxes, hurting home prices and resulting in a big disadvantage to taxpayers in our state.

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Daily Call To Action: December 8th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectMueller #TrumpRussia #FlynnFlipped

General Michael Flynn’s guilty plea and cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation puts Trump and his inner circle squarely in Mueller’s sights.

Trump’s reaction has been a frenzy of tweets attacking the investigation, the media, former FBI Director James Comey and Mueller.

Fox News and the right wing press have mounted a furious campaign to impugn Mueller and Comey and discredit the investigation. Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal has gone all in to smear Comey and has called on Mueller to resign on spurious claims.

Many Republicans in Congress and their allies have joined in the attacks on the integrity of the FBI and Mueller’s investigation.

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to protect the Mueller investigation. Concerned Democrats are making a fresh push to get the protective legislation enacted.

It seems inevitable that Trump will move against Mueller and his investigation and we need to make sure Congress feels the pressure to protect the investigation.

We also need to be ready to take action quickly if Mueller is fired or his investigation is imperiled. Many Resistance groups have coordinated plans for a rapid response when this occurs.  Please find the action planned nearest to you and sign up to receive alerts.

Your Action

Call your three members of Congress and urge them to support the bipartisan legislation protecting the Mueller investigation.

Also, locate the “rapid response” protest planned near you and sign up to receive alerts.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • I urge [Sen./Rep____] to act immediately on bipartisan legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.
  • The President’s reaction to General Flynn’s plea with unhinged and dishonest tweets is extremely concerning.
  • If the President is allowed to interfere with or terminate Mueller’s investigation, there will be both a Constitutional crisis and a crisis of confidence among the American people.
  • Our democracy is at stake in preserving Mueller’s investigation.

Daily Call To Action: December 7th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

The massively unpopular House and Senate tax bills have now been referred to a conference committee to be “reconciled” and the result will need to be voted on again by each of the House and Senate.  Because the Senate tax bill was drafted in secrecy by various lobbyists, without hearings, is it loaded with glitches.

Both the House and the Senate versions contain massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes for many middle class taxpayers and small businesses.

Both bills contain assaults on Americans’ healthcare with the Senate bill repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and the House bill eliminating deductions for medical expenses.

Both bills generate huge deficits that are expected to result in dramatic spending cuts, which House Majority Leader Paul Ryan is already “promising” to offset with cuts to crucial programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Provisions of both bills raise taxes for colleges, universities and students, by taxing endowments for the first time, eliminating the interest deduction on student loans and taxing tuition benefits of grad students as income.

The bills also eliminate deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) and would plunge home prices in blue states, which typically have higher taxes and provide higher services, setting off a cascade that could cause a nationwide recession.

GOP leadership is determined to pass a tax bill to satisfy donors, but given the numerous problems, conflicting interests among GOP legislators and the adverse impacts on their constituents, it is still possible we can defeat this terrible bill with sustained pressure.
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Daily Call To Action: December 6th, 2017

The Call – #CleanDreamAct #DefendDreamers

Trump’s termination of DACA, with a 6 month delay, has thrown the Dreamers and their families lives into turmoil.

Trump’s original agreement with Democrats to support DACA relief without a wall was greeted with enormous blow-back by his base. Trump quickly backtracked and Stephen Miller, a White House adviser with white nationalist sympathies, worked with hard-line GOP Senators to craft conditions for Dreamer legal status, including massive immigration cuts and highly punitive immigration enforcement measures.

While some Republicans in Congress will oppose any relief, there is strong sentiment among others to protect the Dreamers.

Trump now needs Democratic votes to prevent a shutdown of the government. The continuing resolutions needed to keep the government running this year are a make or break opportunity to protect the Dreamers.

To ensure the Dreamers are protected, many Democrats are vowing not to vote for any spending legislation  past year end unless the Dreamers’ status is first resolved.

Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans.  Congress must pass the Dream Act.
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Daily Call To Action: December 5th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

The House and Senate tax bills have now been referred to a conferenced committee to be “reconciled” and the result will need to be voted on again by each of the House and Senate.

Both the House and the Senate versions contain massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes for many middle class taxpayers and small businesses.

Both bills negatively impact Americans’ health with the Senate bill repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and  the House bill eliminating deductions for medical expenses.

Both bills generate deficits which are expected to result in dramatic spending cuts to crucial programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Provisions of both bills raise taxes for colleges, universities and students, by taxing endowments for the first time, eliminating the interest deduction on student loans and taxing tuition benefits of grad students as income.

The bills also eliminate deductions for state and local taxes (“salt”), a big disadvantage to taxpayers in blue states, which typically have higher taxes and provide higher services.

A tax bill that does any of things is bad for Americans.
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