FUND DISASTER RELIEF AND STOP THE TAX BILL
Congress has just 8 days to address both the GOP Tax Scam and a continuing resolution to keep government open. While trying to stop the Tax Scam, Dems must ensure the continuing resolution contains, at minimum, tens of billions for disaster relief.
There have been over 15 weather/climate disasters in 2017 whose losses each topped $1 billion each—including massive hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and fires in California and the Pacific Northwest.
- Congressional and White House responses have been insufficient:
• $50+ billion initial Congressional response was inadequate
• White House’s request for another $44 billion in November was offset by spending cuts. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/trump-disaster-relief-hurricanes-wildfire-tax-cuts.html?_r=0 Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vice-Chair of Senate Appropriations Committee, called this request “inadequate” and “insulting” to the Puerto Rican people. http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2017/november/17/leahy-calls-trumps-disaster-relief-inadequate-and-downright-insulting The amount needed is well over $180 billion.
• The tax bill would also eliminate the personal deduction for uninsured disaster losses.
Meanwhile, the Conference Committee is working on a revised tax bill. Whatever emerges will still be deeply unpopular, creating massive wealth redistribution with devastating results to pocketbooks/livelihoods of the vast majority of Americans.
Americans deserve more compassion from DC!
Stop the Tax Scam!
Provide disaster victims with relief funds to rebuild!
**ACTION 1: Call our Senators and Congressman Walden**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senator Merkley:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Thank you for voting “no” on last week’s continuing budget resolution. Today I am asking that you keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and promise me you will only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it fully funds disaster relief. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senator Wyden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I was surprised you voted “yes” on last continuing budget resolution when it didn’t include disaster relief funding. Today I am asking that you keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and promise me you will only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it fully funds disaster relief. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT Congressman Walden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The next few weeks will bring votes on the tax bill and a continuing resolution. Please put country before party and think about your constituents, not your donors when you take these votes. Vote “no” on the tax bill and only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it fully funds disaster relief. Don’t continue to sell us out! We have long memories. Thank you.”
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