WE ARE ANGRY!
Tuesday night, the House passed the Trump Tax Scam 227 votes to 203 votes (with 12 Republicans voting against). In the cover of darkness, the Senate passed the bill in a party-line vote, 51 votes to 48 votes just before 1am. And, yesterday, because Republicans are literally terrible at governing, the House re-voted on the bill sending it off to Trump’s desk.
This loss hurts.
This bill will have real, terrible, human consequences. In one fell swoop, Republicans gave huge tax cuts to corporations and their millionaire donors, gutted the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act leaving millions more without health insurance, opened up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for drilling… all with essentially no public debate.
With this vote, Republicans thumbed their nose at their constituents, democracy, and regular order. Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and the Freedom Caucus all showed they don’t care about reducing the deficit or representing their constituents. They care about nothing more than lining the pockets of themselves (lookin’ at you, Bob Corker) and their donors. And when you’re facing opponents like that, it’s a hard fight to win.
But let’s be clear: you did everything right. This isn’t the victory we hoped for, but we left it all on the field. Indivisibles held 351 actions to protest the tax scam. You made 323,563 phone calls to progressives in key red states to amp up the pressure and 23,512 calls were made to members of Congress. You dragged this fight out to the bitter end and made it as painful as possible for them to betray their constituents.
Take a minute to grieve this loss, but be proud of everything you did to fight for justice over the last few weeks. But this fight isn’t over.
We know what comes next for the tax scam. The Republicans will start lying about how great their bill is. They’ll use the $1.4 trillion they just added to the deficit to try and force cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as early as January. We cannot let them get away with this.
The next step to fighting the Trump Tax Scam is Replace and Repeal. And it’s simple: We must hold Republicans who voted for this bill accountable and replace them in Congress. Then, we must repeal the scam.
Let's start today by letting our Representatives know how angry we are that they passed this horrible bill and gleefully celebrated this atrocity.
SCRIPT (or just give them your angry thoughts):
Hello. My name is ________, from zip code _______. I am calling to let Senator/Representative how angry I am that he/she voted for the tax bill. I wish I could say I'm surprised, but sadly, I am getting use to being disappointed by him/her. Senator/Representative ______ voted to give huge tax cuts to corporations and his/her donors, while leaving millions more without health insurance, and hurting the environment. All of this with essentially no public debate. The Senator/Rep has gone against his/her constituents, democracy, and regular order. And let's not forget about raising the deficit. I want Senator/Rep ____ to know that I will not forget about this, and will work hard to make sure he/she does not either. Thanks for taking my call.
Renew CHIP (via Chuck Tryon):
Congress STILL hasn’t reauthorized funding for CHIP, which means that states are going to run out of funding soon. I’m hearing horror stories from medical providers who are telling me that their patients cannot schedule needed appointments because they will not be able to cover the costs of a doctor’s visit. North Carolina is less than a month from running out of CHIP funds, and Connecticut is about a week from having to shut down their CHIP program. Sixteen states are scheduled to run out of funds by the end of January.
Hello. I am a constituent calling from zip code __________ to encourage Sen./Rep. ________ to support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately, using a bipartisan approach. The proposal to fund CHIP by taking money from the Affordable Care Act and weakening Medicare is insufficient. We need a sensible resolution soon. Parents of children in North Carolina are already facing difficult decisions about their children’s healthcare because they cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses out of pocket. Not passing CHIP will do tremendous harm to families right here in our state and our district. Thanks for taking my call.
Full Senate Twitter handle list:
Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125
Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071
Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531
Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065