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:
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.
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.
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:
- Tell us how the tax bill will affect you and your family! Do you use the medical expense deduction? Do you deduct state and local taxes? Dp you recieve your health care through the ACA exchanges? All of those things are at risk in this tax bill and we want to hear your thoughts and stories about this.
- Tell us what healthcare, nutrition, and education programs have helped your family or community and we’ll share your thoughts and experiences with our decision-makers and the public. If you have a Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, WIC, Head Start or childcare assistance story we want to hear from you.
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.
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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