Monday, December 11, 2017

Your #5Actions for This Week!

Taxes, Net Neutrality, DREAM Act, more!

Dear Rob,

We're making a holiday action list and checking it twice! Gonna tell our decision makers who's naughty or nice. Moms are coming to town ... Please join us to take urgent action on a suite of red-hot priorities this week! And be sure to share with friends and family too. Together we're making this holiday season bright! 

Without further ado, or bad puns from us, here are the 5 actions for this week! -> 


1. Sign Up to Deliver a Tax Letter to Your Local Members of Congress' Office!
BACKGROUND: The GOP tax plan will raise our taxes, take away the health care of 13 million people, and lead to massive cuts in programs that boost our families all in order to give tax cuts to millionaires and wealthy corporations. Republican leadership is moving super, duper fast to pass a final bill by the end of this week---but they still need to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House bill (both evil and awful in their own right). This is an all-hands-on-deck moment! We need you to speak out! We need you to show up…literally!

Sign up now to print out a letter and bring it to your local member of Congress’ office! When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with all the information you need to make your delivery. We’ll send you a short 2-pager with a letter for you to sign and stories about the moms of America that will be hurt by the GOP tax plan. We'll also give you some talking points and a link of where to find your local Senators and Representative's office.


2. Tell FCC and Congress: Protect Net Neutrality!

BACKGROUND: An open internet is essential to protecting many of the freedoms we hold dear: Our ability to innovate, speak our mind, connect, and hear diverse voices and opinions. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to roll back 2015 rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all content the same. We can't let them. Net Neutrality ensures a level playing field. It stops ISPs from blocking or suppressing content. It limits them from manipulating the speed at which you receive certain content, or selling premium access to the highest bidder. Net Neutrality ensures that when we raise our voices online, they can be heard - loud and clear. Add your voice to the millions of people calling on the FCC and Congress to protect Net Neutrality.


3. Urge NO on National Concealed Carry Reciprocity!

BACKGROUND: Last week, the U.S. House voted on and passed national Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which compels states to recognize concealed carry permits from all over the country, regardless of how lax permitting standards are in other states. The fight to stop this dangerous legislation now moves to the Senate. Should federally mandated concealed carry become the law of the land, an individual state would no longer be able to control who is authorized to carry a concealed gun within its borders. Police would not be able to quickly find out if out-of-state permits are valid, putting law enforcement and the public at higher risk of harm. With Americans already about 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed countries, and the nation still grieving the recent Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs shootings, two of the worst incidents of gun violence in recent history, now is not the time to weaken common sense safety standards or states rights!


4. Be an #ACAdefender for Open Enrollment 2017!
BACKGROUND: It’s time to #KeepMarching and use our outside voices for health care! President Trump and his administration have taken some terrible steps this year to sabotage our health care, limit consumer access to information, and confuse the public about our options for coverage. We need to do everything we can to help get the word out that quality, affordable health care coverage options are available at HealthCare.gov thru December 15th! 


5. Protect DREAMers
Stand with young adults who have been here since they were children by protecting the path to legal status for DREAMers! President Trump created a crisis in our country when he decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Through this decision, he snatched away the livelihood and aspirations of 800,000 young adults who have been here since they were children. **Join us in asking Congress to stand with 800,000 DREAMers and pass the DREAM Act!

 Thank you for all you do! #KeepMarching!

- Karen, Kristin, Kristin, Gloria, Khadija, Xochitl, Donna, Nate, and the MomsRising Team

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

This tax plan:

My father used to say, "Don't tell me what your values are -- show me your budget, and I'll know what your values are."
American Possibilities

Robert --

My father used to say, "Don't tell me what your values are -- show me your budget, and I'll know what your values are."

Well, last week, in the dark hours of morning, Republicans showed us exactly what they value when they passed a 500-page bill, full of last-minute changes literally made with hastily scribbled notes in the margins, and it's this:

Helping the already-wealthy get even richer. Giving huge corporations larger tax breaks. All at the expense of the American worker. And that's not a figure of speech.

If you're disgusted by this (and more than half of Americans say they are), then give what you can today to help elect a new kind of leadership for this country: those who will fight for working people, not just those who can stand to donate the most.

This plan raises taxes on more than 80 million families with incomes under $200,000. It's not a middle-class tax cut; it's higher taxes for working families to pay for tax cuts to investors.

At least 13 million Americans would lose their health coverage.

Folks who make more than $3.5 million would get an average tax cut of over $700,000 every year.

Under the House tax bill, taxpayers would no longer be able to deduct payments they made on student debt. Tax breaks for college tuition would be repealed. Graduate students would see their tax bills spike, as they'd be taxed on free tuition. All in all, it makes college more expensive for American families across the country.

This Republican plan isn't anything more than the latest, worst edition of the same-old trickle-down economics that has failed time and time again.

Even more than that, let's be clear about what's happening here. The goal the Republicans have today is the same goal they had when trickle-down economics first came on the American scene: Their long-term goal is to starve government. To say we don't have the money to pay for Medicare, for Medicaid, for Social Security. We heard it last week when one of the leading Republicans in the Senate actually said after passing this new tax cut that we don't have the money to pay for children's health care.

Simply put, the values reflected in the Republican budget are shameful. They aren't my values. And I don't believe they're America's values either.

And so it's time for a change. Right now, you can show that these actions have very real consequences. From now until 2018 and beyond, I'll be doing everything I can to help elect a new kind of leadership in our politics. Folks who actually understand the issues an average American faces. Folks who aren't scared to stand up to big corporations. And more importantly, folks who are absolutely committed to standing up for working people.

Let's once again elect leaders with true courage.

Thousands of regular Americans around the country are standing up to make a difference right now. Give $10 or whatever you can afford -- and let's go change the face of leadership in this country once and for all.

From where I sit, tax reform is all about values.

Based on my core values, here are five core principles I hope to see in any tax package that comes out of Congress.

Pay for national priorities by closing ineffective loopholes. Our tax system is weighed down by expensive and inefficient gimmicks. We can pay for all the things that are important to Americans -- infrastructure, education, expanded Social Security -- by cutting back on the loopholes that have no economic value. To take just one example: We could pay for 14 years of free college education three times over if we just cut back on a loophole that lets wealthy heirs escape paying capital gains tax. To me, this is an easy choice.

Treat workers and investors the same. Investors are a critical part of our economy, but they're not more important than workers. Our tax code confers an enormous preference for shareholders over people who make a living by working. Every time we give a dollar in tax cuts to an investor, a working family ends up paying more. It's time to give workers the break they deserve.

Don't burden the next generation with our unpaid bills. We need a tax system that can bring in enough revenue to pay for our spending. I don't know a single parent who would take themselves shopping with their kids' credit card, but that's exactly what we're doing with some of the plans floating around DC. If a tax cut is worth making, it's worth finding a way to pay for it. Between rising student loan debt and increasingly expensive housing, the last thing our children need is to inherit our unpaid bills.

Build a tax code that promotes growth, not tax havens. Taxes can influence how people choose to work, spend, and invest. If designed smartly, an efficient tax code can promote economic growth and prosperity -- especially if targeted at the middle class. But there is a wide gulf between a tax code that creates wealth and jobs and one that simply allows wealthy taxpayers to sidestep their civic duty to pay taxes. During the 2016 campaign, for example, Donald Trump proposed a tax cut that would lead to $2 trillion in additional tax evasion by large "passthroughs" like law firms and hedge funds, with little if any benefit for American workers. The future of our economy depends on knowing the difference.

Tax reform is about real choices, not creative accounting. After four decades in the Senate and White House, I can tell you that tax reform requires tough choices and making hard tradeoffs. The American public elected members of Congress to make these difficult decisions, not to hide behind accounting stunts -- like overly optimistic dynamic scoring. If Congress settles on a plan, we need to know the real cost -- not the one contrived by fantastical thinking.

There's a way to do this right. But it's going to take a new kind of courageous leadership willing to make tough choices.

If you agree, then let's join together and elect the true representatives who will get it done.

I haven't lost hope yet, Robert -- and I don't plan on it.

-Joe


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This tax plan:

My father used to say, "Don't tell me what your values are -- show me your budget, and I'll know what your values are."
American Possibilities

Robert --

My father used to say, "Don't tell me what your values are -- show me your budget, and I'll know what your values are."

Well, last week, in the dark hours of morning, Republicans showed us exactly what they value when they passed a 500-page bill, full of last-minute changes literally made with hastily scribbled notes in the margins, and it's this:

Helping the already-wealthy get even richer. Giving huge corporations larger tax breaks. All at the expense of the American worker. And that's not a figure of speech.

If you're disgusted by this (and more than half of Americans say they are), then give what you can today to help elect a new kind of leadership for this country: those who will fight for working people, not just those who can stand to donate the most.

This plan raises taxes on more than 80 million families with incomes under $200,000. It's not a middle-class tax cut; it's higher taxes for working families to pay for tax cuts to investors.

At least 13 million Americans would lose their health coverage.

Folks who make more than $3.5 million would get an average tax cut of over $700,000 every year.

Under the House tax bill, taxpayers would no longer be able to deduct payments they made on student debt. Tax breaks for college tuition would be repealed. Graduate students would see their tax bills spike, as they'd be taxed on free tuition. All in all, it makes college more expensive for American families across the country.

This Republican plan isn't anything more than the latest, worst edition of the same-old trickle-down economics that has failed time and time again.

Even more than that, let's be clear about what's happening here. The goal the Republicans have today is the same goal they had when trickle-down economics first came on the American scene: Their long-term goal is to starve government. To say we don't have the money to pay for Medicare, for Medicaid, for Social Security. We heard it last week when one of the leading Republicans in the Senate actually said after passing this new tax cut that we don't have the money to pay for children's health care.

Simply put, the values reflected in the Republican budget are shameful. They aren't my values. And I don't believe they're America's values either.

And so it's time for a change. Right now, you can show that these actions have very real consequences. From now until 2018 and beyond, I'll be doing everything I can to help elect a new kind of leadership in our politics. Folks who actually understand the issues an average American faces. Folks who aren't scared to stand up to big corporations. And more importantly, folks who are absolutely committed to standing up for working people.

Let's once again elect leaders with true courage.

Thousands of regular Americans around the country are standing up to make a difference right now. Give $10 or whatever you can afford -- and let's go change the face of leadership in this country once and for all.

From where I sit, tax reform is all about values.

Based on my core values, here are five core principles I hope to see in any tax package that comes out of Congress.

Pay for national priorities by closing ineffective loopholes. Our tax system is weighed down by expensive and inefficient gimmicks. We can pay for all the things that are important to Americans -- infrastructure, education, expanded Social Security -- by cutting back on the loopholes that have no economic value. To take just one example: We could pay for 14 years of free college education three times over if we just cut back on a loophole that lets wealthy heirs escape paying capital gains tax. To me, this is an easy choice.

Treat workers and investors the same. Investors are a critical part of our economy, but they're not more important than workers. Our tax code confers an enormous preference for shareholders over people who make a living by working. Every time we give a dollar in tax cuts to an investor, a working family ends up paying more. It's time to give workers the break they deserve.

Don't burden the next generation with our unpaid bills. We need a tax system that can bring in enough revenue to pay for our spending. I don't know a single parent who would take themselves shopping with their kids' credit card, but that's exactly what we're doing with some of the plans floating around DC. If a tax cut is worth making, it's worth finding a way to pay for it. Between rising student loan debt and increasingly expensive housing, the last thing our children need is to inherit our unpaid bills.

Build a tax code that promotes growth, not tax havens. Taxes can influence how people choose to work, spend, and invest. If designed smartly, an efficient tax code can promote economic growth and prosperity -- especially if targeted at the middle class. But there is a wide gulf between a tax code that creates wealth and jobs and one that simply allows wealthy taxpayers to sidestep their civic duty to pay taxes. During the 2016 campaign, for example, Donald Trump proposed a tax cut that would lead to $2 trillion in additional tax evasion by large "passthroughs" like law firms and hedge funds, with little if any benefit for American workers. The future of our economy depends on knowing the difference.

Tax reform is about real choices, not creative accounting. After four decades in the Senate and White House, I can tell you that tax reform requires tough choices and making hard tradeoffs. The American public elected members of Congress to make these difficult decisions, not to hide behind accounting stunts -- like overly optimistic dynamic scoring. If Congress settles on a plan, we need to know the real cost -- not the one contrived by fantastical thinking.

There's a way to do this right. But it's going to take a new kind of courageous leadership willing to make tough choices.

If you agree, then let's join together and elect the true representatives who will get it done.

I haven't lost hope yet, Robert -- and I don't plan on it.

-Joe


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Monday, November 27, 2017

FWD: Quick signature: Tell the Senate to reject Trumpcare in the Tax Bill!

Rob - 

I wanted to make sure you saw the important email below. The U.S. Senate is voting THIS WEEK on a terrible tax bill that will hurt working families and decimate our health care by sabotaging the Affordable Care Act and cutting Medicaid and Medicare.

*Can you sign our letter to U.S. Senators to reject any tax plan that benefits the wealthy and mega-corporations over working families, health care, and our economy? When you click you’ll automatically sign on if we already have your information.

MomsRising is delivering this letter on Wednesday and we need your signatures to help stop the bill. The more signatures, the bigger our impact. Time is short. (After you sign on, please also call your U.S. Senators to make your voice loud and clear that the American people don’t want the terrible, no good, very bad U.S. Senate Republican's tax bill. We’ve made it easy! Just dial 1-844-633-2048 and we’ll connect you.)

Not only is this bill a bad deal for families and our health, it’s also terrible for our nation’s economy! Economic experts across the country agree that the bill would greatly increase the deficit and analysis by the Penn-Wharton School (President Trump’s own alma mater!) found that the U.S. Senate bill would increase the national debt $1.4 trillion to $1.6 trillion. [1] Our children will be paying for this bill for decades to come just so the mega-rich and Wall Street can line their pockets.

*Sign on now to protect our health care and speak out against the U.S. Senate Republican’s tax bill! When you click you’ll automatically sign on if we already have your information.

Together we are a powerful voice for the health of families.
- Felicia, Elyssa, Donna, Kristin, and the entire MomsRising.org/MamásConPoder team

P.S. Don’t forget to call your U.S. Senators, too! The vote is happening soon, so we need every call possible to be made. Dial our hotline and we’ll connect you: 1-844-633-2048

[1] The Washington Post,
37 of 38 economists said the GOP tax plans would grow the debt. The 38th misread the question.

 

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Like on on the show Stranger Things, the Demogorgon—err... devastatingly bad Trumpcare—is back from the ‘upside down’ and this time U.S. Senate Republicans have snuck it into their tax bill!
Trumpcare is Back
Sign now! Tell Republicans in Congress to reject Trumpcare and end partisan attempts to repeal our health care without a replacement!
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Take Action
*When you click the link above, you'll instantly sign if we have all the required information.

Dear Rob,

I’d say it’s unbelievable, but at this point Congress really is starting to feel like a season of Stranger Things. Like the monstrous ‘Demogorgon’ that keeps coming back after it’s been sent to the ‘upside down’ (and you hope is gone forever)… the devastatingly bad Trumpcare just keeps coming back!

And this time it’s come in the form of the terrible, no good, very bad U.S. Senate Republican tax bill.

Quick Signature: Tell Republicans in Congress to stop attacking our families’ health care, reject their tax plan that benefits the 1% and wealthy corporations over working families, and end partisan attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act! *When you click you'll instantly sign if we have all the required information.

This week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate tax bill would include a provision to do away with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which is a cornerstone of the law. Without it, the whole system becomes off balance, tilting the market toward older, sicker consumers, driving up costs, decreasing the number of insurers who participate in the marketplace, and undermining the entire healthcare platform. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated this would leave 13 million Americans without health insurance and raise premiums in the individual marketplace by 10 percent in most years over the next decade. [1]

Do you see what they are doing here? They are turning an already awful tax bill—that benefits the wealthy and powerful over working families—into a truly cruel anti-health care bill that strips millions of Americans of the health care coverage they need to survive and thrive.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed their tax bill and now the Senate is moving quickly to vote on their plan after Thanksgiving. Both plans increase the deficit, heavily benefit the wealthy and mega-corporations, and would lead to deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other programs that boost families in the future, primarily hurting the elderly and working families. [2] This is outrageous! We need to tell Congressional Republicans to send their tax bill, Trumpcare, and the idea of cutting our health care (Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act) to the ‘upside down’ forever.

Sign now! Tell Republicans in Congress to reject Trumpcare and end partisan attempts to repeal our health care without a replacement! *When you click you'll instantly sign if we have all the required information.

The proposed tax plan is already disastrous—in order to pay for the tax cuts that President Trump and extremist Republicans in Congress want for their rich cronies and Wall Street corporations, they need to make massive budget cuts in other places, mainly by making cuts to health care. It would also raise taxes on 1 in 3 middle class families—all to give massive tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and giant corporations. Clearly their special interests are more important than the health and well-being of working America. When you click the link above, you’ll automatically sign onto our letter to Congress that reads:

I am a U.S. taxpayer and voter, and I’m writing to ask you to stop attacking our families’ health care, end partisan attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), stop cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, and reject any tax plan that benefits the wealthy and mega-corporations over working families and our economy!

Making cuts to programs that families rely on to stay healthy like Medicaid, Medicare, and the ACA in order to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and wealthy corporations is unconscionable. Our tax policies should reflect the values of our country, and placing more value on the already wealthy and corporations over the health of our families goes against America’s moral compass and is destructive to our economy as a whole.

We need real tax policies that make sure the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share and that working families can benefit equally from our tax system and economy. Please stop working to sabotage the ACA and cutting Medicaid and Medicare and get to work on shoring up programs that benefit low- and middle-income families as well as boost our economy!

Take action now! Tell Congress our tax policies should make sure the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share and that working families can benefit equally from our tax system and economy. *When you click you'll instantly sign if we have all the required information.

Congressional Republicans are obsessed with attacking our health care and bringing the Demogorgon—err... Trumpcare—back from the ‘upside down’ and this time they’ve snuck it into their tax bill. We cannot let this happen—Congress must reject this tax package!

The more who speak out, the better! Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family, and post our action link on Facebook and Twitter:  http://action.momsrising.org/sign/trumpcare_tax/?t=11&akid=9991%2E847037%2EerWTwY

Together we are a powerful voice for the health of families.

- Felicia, Elyssa, Donna, Kristin, and the entire MomsRising.org/MamásConPoder team

P.S. Have you watched our tax explainer video yet? It’s super awesome! Erica Williams breaks down everything you need to know about the awful tax proposals. Watch it now!

P.P.S. It is open enrollment season at HealthCare.gov until December 15th! Help spread the word by becoming an #ACAdefender!


[1] Congressional Budget Office, Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate:
An Updated Estimate

[2] Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Senate Tax Bill Has Same Basic Flaws as House Bill

 


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Your #5Actions for This Week!

Stop the Republican Tax Bill.
 

Actual footage of you stopping the horrible, very-bad tax bill.

Dear Rob,

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are quickly trying to pass a tax package that could have serious repercussions on our families’ health, well-being, and financial stability. And when we say quickly we mean QUICKLY—the House voted on their tax package last week and the U.S. Senate is voting on their plan right after Thanksgiving. They are moving at warp speed because they want to sneak this tax package (which was just also turned into an anti-health care Trumpcare bill) through Congress before the American people get a chance to speak out. Clearly we won't allow that to happen!

While the promise was to make changes that would help families like yours and mine, the current track would give over $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and giant corporations. Yes, you read that right. $1.5 trillion.

A tax cut with this many zeros has to come from somewhere. Congress will basically cut essential programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, WIC, and Head Start in order to line the pockets of the already wealthy and raise our taxes at the same time. If passed, this plan will cut access to health care — and will hurt our economy. This is not ok with us. Is it ok with you?

This is why we need YOU to take action TODAY! We came up with 5 quick, easy ways for you to help stop this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad tax bill:

1. Sign Our Letter to Congress!

Sign our letter to Congress NOW and tell them to reject the tax breaks for the mega-rich and powerful, and to instead invest in programs that boost our families' health care, nutrition, and early education, as well as our economy.


2. Send a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Paper

We need to increase the visibility of this issue while U.S. Senators are home for Thankgiving and put pressure on Congress to reject this tax package! Send a high-impact Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper NOW (Members of Congress pay special attention to local press) and speak out against tax cuts for the 1% and wealthy corporations!! Don’t worry—we have a special tool that walks you through the process, gives you sample text, and sends the letter to your newspaper for you. We make is super easy for you!


3. Call Congress: 1-844-633-2048

Using MomsRising’s toll-free hotline, call your U.S. Senators and tell him/her that this tax bill is a non-starter for your family! Once you call 1-844-633-2048 we’ll give you some brief instructions and then connect you with your Senator's office.


4. Tell Us Your Story!

Your experiences don’t need to be dramatic, long or well-written to be powerful and you can share your story anonymously if you prefer. There are two ways you can share your story:

Your brief thoughts can make a huge difference in the tax fight! Once you share your story with us, we’ll share it with leaders in Congress.


5. Watch and Share our Tax Explainer Video!

There is a lot of confusion (and misinformation!) about the GOP tax bill. That’s why we partnered with the amazing Erica Williams Simon to create this awesome tax explainer video so you can quickly be caught up to speed on how your family could be harmed by this tax bill….and then share it with all your friends on Facebook.

Background on Status of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Tax Bill:
These tax cuts for the wealthy will raise our national deficit and hurt our economy overall. The House of Representatives passed their bill which will raise taxes on 80% of working families in order to provide tax cuts to the wealthy and powerful. In addition, it gets rid of many of the deductions that working families use to get by, including the medical deduction, mortgage loan deduction, student loan deduction, and being able to deduct state and local taxes.

The U.S. Senate is now considering a bill that is not only an awful tax bill but has also turned into an anti-healthcare bill. Senate Republicans just introduced a tax plan that would raise the taxes over the next decade for any household making $75,000 or less. To add insult to injury they are also repealing the individual mandate which would lead to 13 million people losing health care—all in order to give a $100,000 a year tax cut to the 1%. Outrageous!

Thank you for all you do! #KeepMarching!

- Elyssa, Kristin, Karen, Felicia, Donna, Khadija, Sili, Tina, Beatriz, Nadia, Nate, and the MomsRising Team

P.S. This whole Top #5Actions list is up on our blog too! Use this link to share with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else: https://action.momsrising.org/go/31877?t=14&akid=9968%2E847037%2EiXVwy_


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Election Catastrophe in Virginia or We Want GOD!

 

Was the Virginia Election a Catastrophe or an Opportunity?

Join us in a Conversation with Bishop E.W. Jackson

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm (EST)

Dial 712-432-0900; enter code 199176#

Dear Robert,

The press has been gleeful over the outcome of last Tuesday's elections, particularly in Virginia. They are calling it a repudiation of Donald Trump and a backlash against the failure of Republicans to repeal Obamacare or achieve any significant legislative victories aside from the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch. The analysis of the mainstream media is always suspect, and we do well to be skeptical.

What really happened? 

As a former statewide candidate in Virginia, I will be the main presenter to talk about this during our call on Tuesday. There is a lesson here for conservatives. Virginia is still a winnable state, but the path to victory is through the church. It will take the right candidates with the right message. This is how President Trump won. It is how he will win re-election and how the House and Senate will remain in conservative hands. The challenge is getting Christians to understand this and vote in overwhelming numbers.

While politics is only one part of saving America, it is an essential part. However, politics is a reflection of the spiritual and cultural state of our country. On the Tuesday call we will also talk about a new movement to reverse the decline of American culture.

Please do not miss this very important call.

 

For God and Country,

Bishop E.W. Jackson 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Get Healthcare Coverage for 2018 NOW - Open Enrollment Ends December 15th!

News from Representative Bobby Scott

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Dear Mr. Alexander,

Health insurance can protect you from astronomical costs when a serious accident or illness occurs. Did you know that the average cost for a three-day hospital stay is $30,000? Or that a broken leg can cost up to $7,500? Health insurance helps protect you from unexpected costs like these. Coverage could be more affordable than you think.

November 1st marks the start of HealthCare.gov’s open enrollment period for 2018 coverage.

From now until December 15, you can purchase a plan or renew your coverage through HealthCare.gov. Once you sign up, you will get coverage that starts on January 1, 2018.

Here are four facts you need to know about enrolling in coverage or renewing your coverage:

  • The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov for 2018 begins on November 1 and ends on December 15. The open enrollment period is the shortest ever – only 45 days. Beat the rush and sign up early.
  • Coverage could be more affordable than you think.  That’s because financial help is available. During last year’s enrollment period, 8-in-10 people qualified for financial help – for most people that meant they could find insurance premiums between $50 and $100 per month.
  • If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2017, make sure to head back to update your information and compare your options for 2018, by December 15. Every year, plans and prices change. This year, it’s more important than ever to shop around!  You may find a plan that fits you better, for cheaper.
  • Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or click away. The Call Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – call 1-800-318-2596. Or visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov where you will find organizations in your area that have trained enrollment assisters.

Take the time to learn about your options and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Very truly yours,

ROBERT C. "BOBBY" SCOTT
Member of Congress

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Friday, November 3, 2017

QUICK action: say “no tax cuts for wealthy corporations!”

Use your outside voice!

Send a Letter to the Editor to your local paper and speak out against tax cuts for the 1% and wealthy corporations!

Dear Rob,

Something really scary happened yesterday! Scarier than those ghosts, witches, and ghouls that showed up trick-or-treating at your door the other night. Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill today that would give $1.5 trillion (TRILLION!!) in tax cuts to the top 1% and wealthy corporations. [1] And guess who they are trying to get to foot the bill?

You and me!!! Seriously! Boo—that’s terrifying!

**Will you join me in writing a Letter to the Editor speaking up for your family and against this scary tax bill? We made it super easy for you to do. Just click here!

The clock is ticking for us to raise our voices. Now is a critical time to make our voices heard in our local newspapers. President Trump and his Republican cronies in the U.S. Congress want to move this tax bill quickly (as in before Thanksgiving!), hoping that moms, dads, and concerned voters won’t pay any attention to what they are doing. But we know better! They need to know that families back in their state and district are standing up, taking notice, and are expecting them to create tax policies that work for working families, NOT the wealthy and the powerful.

Here’s the lowdown: In order to pay for the tax cuts that President Trump and extremist Republicans in Congress want for their rich cronies and Wall Street corporations, they need to make massive budget cuts in other places. Their not-so-bright idea is to cut critical programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, disaster relief, and education programs, so the Republican leadership will be able to hand out trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the already wealthy. Boo! Just last week they rushed a national budget through Congress that slashes healthcare, nutrition, and early education programs. [2] The next step they are trying to solidify their trickle-down economics plan of doom is to pass this terrible tax package, which will only mean more cuts to programs that boost families and the economy over the next decade, and raising taxes on many low and middle income families. We need to increase the visibility of this issue and put pressure on Congress to reject this tax package!

You taking a moment to write a Letter to the Editor now will send a strong signal to Congress that their constituents are concerned about the future of our healthcare, nutrition, and education. Plus: Members of Congress pay special attention to their local newspapers!

We need to loudly speak out against all of this and make our voices heard in our local newspapers!

**Will you join me in speaking out against this terrifying, horrifying, scary tax bill that hurts our families and economy, and sending a Letter to the Editor NOW!?

We want to flood our local newspapers with Letters to the Editors NOW so that the lies President Trump and his colleagues are telling about this bill don’t get the headlines. The truth is this tax bill isn’t for me, for you, and for the vast majority of families in this country. It won’t create jobs. It will hurt our economy. It will hurt our families.

Don’t worry—sending the Letter to the Editor is super easy! When you click on the link above, we’ll lead you through a quick process to write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper. This tool is pretty magical—you can easily edit our pre-drafted letter, if you wish (inserting your personal story if you have one!), and send it to your paper with just a few clicks.

The pre-drafted letter (which you can edit when you click through to the link!) simply says:

“Republicans in Congress are trying to push through a tax bill that would be detrimental to the families in our community and our local economy.

In order to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations, Trump and his allies will not only raise taxes on millions of low- and middle- income Americans and increase our deficit, but they plan to cut vital health care, nutrition, and education programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, WIC, and Head Start to pay for it. These programs boost our economy by creating local job growth, higher wages and increased tax revenue for states since the money gets spent immediately locally.

We need our elected officials to stand up against this awful tax plan! True tax reform would create policies that boost working families, not Wall Street. Not one penny should go to the 1% at the expense of our families well-being and our economy’s stability. Working families have nothing to gain from the Trump and Republican tax proposal, and we should all speak up to defeat it.”

Just click here to send a Letter to the Editor to your local paper and stand up for our healthcare, nutrition, and education! 

After you click the link to send your Letter to the Editor, please forward this email to friends—and also post the action link on Facebook and Twitter. The more of us who send letters, the bigger the impact we’ll have in defeating this terrible tax bill. 

**Don’t forget to take a moment to send a Letter to the Editor to your local paper now.

Thank you for being a strong voice for our families!

-Elyssa, Donna, Kristin, and the entire MomsRising.org/MamásConPoder team

P.S. Have you watched our tax explainer video yet? It’s super awesome! Erica Williams breaks down everything you need to know about the awful tax proposals. Watch it now!

 

[1] Dylan Matthews. "The House Republican tax plan explained." Vox, November 2, 2017.

[2] Jim Tankersley and Thomas Kaplan. “House Passes Budget Blueprint, Clearing Path for Tax Overhaul.” New York Times, October 26. 2017.


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