Daily Call To Action: December 4th, 2017

The Call – #ProtectMueller #TrumpRussia #FlynnFlipped

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation kicked into high gear with a guilty plea by former NSA adviser, General Michael Flynn, and his apparent cooperation with Mueller’s investigation. Flynn’s cooperation 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 and the FBI. Right-wing media allies have piled on to try to discredit Mueller’s investigation. One media ally who discusses his views with Trump called Mueller’s investigation “an existential threat” to Trump’s presidency.

News also broke last week that Trump repeatedly tried to pressure Republicans to end Congressional investigations into Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to protect the Mueller investigation. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is not pressure to move the bills forward.

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.
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Daily Call To Action: December 1st, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

The vote on the Senate tax bill is postponed until at least 11 am on Friday.

One setback was a projection by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the official Congressional scorekeeper, that the tax plan would add more than $1 trillion to the deficit over 10 years. A second setback was a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian that a tax increase trigger that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and several other fiscal hawks proposed in the event projected revenues fell short, was not eligible for reconciliation (and couldn’t be passed with 50 votes).

Republicans are scrambling for a fix and major portions of the bill are being rewritten overnight as Republicans try to meet the objections of various GOP Senators.

However, it is expected that the bill will still include a provision that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, causing premiums for all to rise and 13 million fewer people to have health insurance within  a decade.

The final bill is also expected to lift constraints on political activities by tax-exempt churches, allowing churches to become another source of political “dark money.”

The final bill is also expected to hit colleges and universities hard.

The huge deficits that the tax bill is projected to generate are expected to result in dramatic spending cuts to crucial programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

The Senate vote will be very close, and with all Democrats likely to vote no, Republicans cannot afford to lose more than 2 votes.
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Daily Call To Action: November 30th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

On Wednesday, the Senate passed a key procedural vote to start 20 hours of debate that could lead to a vote as soon as Thursday night. The Senate plan would permanently reduce the corporate tax rate but allow cuts for households and individuals to expire.

To help fund tax cuts, Republicans have added a provision to their tax bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, causing premiums for all to rise and 13 million fewer people to have health insurance within a decade. Proposed “fixes” fall very short of fixing the problems that repeal of the mandate would cause.

The CBO projects the current bill would add $1.7 trillion to the deficit. Furthermore, the CBO projects that a re-write of the bill that would comply with deficit rules would ultimately be financed by gutting crucial programs, including Medicare.

To satisfy fiscal hawks, some Senators are insisting on a trigger to raise rates automatically if tax revenues fall short of projections, although that could lose some other Republican Senators’ votes.

As changes continue to be made and a vote is expected Thursday, there have been no hearings, no legislative text and no final CBO score.

The president gave a speech on the tax bill in Missouri on Monday, and fact-checking shows it was full of lies.

The Senate vote will be very close, and with all Democrats likely to vote no, Republicans cannot afford to lose more than 2 votes.
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Daily Call To Action: November 29th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

The Senate budget committee voted on Tuesday to send the GOP tax bill to the full floor and a vote could occur as early as Thursday. The Senate plan would permanently reduce the corporate tax rate but allow cuts for households and individuals to expire.

While big corporations would be big winners under the tax bill, many small businesses would see no benefit or higher taxes.

To help fund tax cuts, Republicans have added a provision to their tax bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, causing premiums for all to rise and 13 million fewer people to have health insurance within a decade.

The CBO projects the current bill would add $1.7 trillion to the deficit. Furthermore, the CBO projects that a re-write of the bill that would comply with deficit rules would ultimately be financed by gutting crucial programs, including Medicare.

To satisfy fiscal hawks, the bill may contain a trigger to raise rates automatically (although not clear if on corporations or individuals) if tax revenues fall short of projections, which would likely kick in during slow growth, destabilizing the economy.

As changes continue to be made and a vote is expected this week, there have been no hearings, no legislative text and no final CBO score.

The Senate vote will be very close, and with all Democrats likely to vote no, Republicans cannot afford to lose more than 2 votes.

In sum, GOP tax reform will add more than one trillion dollars to the deficit, give the majority of benefits to corporations and the rich, gut the ACA and programs like Medicare, and will leave thirteen million people without healthcare.
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Daily Call To Action: November 28th, 2017

The Call – #TrumpTaxScam #GOPtaxscam

The Senate plans to vote on a tax bill by Friday, which bipartisan analysis projects would immediately raise taxes for almost 14 million middle income Americans. The proposed Senate plan would permanently reduce the corporate tax rate but allow cuts for households and individuals to expire.

While big corporations would be big winners under the tax bill, many small businesses would see no benefit or higher taxes.

To help fund tax cuts, Republicans have added a provision to their tax bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, causing premiums for all to rise and 13 million fewer people to have health insurance within a decade.

The Senate proposal faces an uncertain future, given the GOP’s narrow 52-to-48 majority in the Senate, and the fact that the tax overhaul can add no more than $1.5 trillion to federal deficits over a decade.

The CBO projects the current bill would add $1.7 trillion to the deficit. Furthermore, the CBO projects that a re-write of the bill that would comply with deficit rules would ultimately be financed by gutting crucial programs, including Medicare.

As changes continue to be made this week, even some GOP Senators have expressed concern that the CBO will not have time to score the revised bill.

In sum, GOP tax reform will add more than one trillion dollars to the deficit, give the majority of benefits to corporations and the rich, gut the ACA and programs like Medicare, and will leave thirteen million people without healthcare.
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