December 10, 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.