|From Indivisibles North Carolina:
Hey everyone. I am talking with a couple folks who are interested in putting together a team to ensure that every single college campus gets canvassed next year. We need to pull out all the stops and leave no stone unturned. Young people are a massive voting bloc, they are typically liberal yet typically don’t vote, especially in midterms. Looking at possible conference call Friday 4PM. Let me know if interested. We have already looped in the political director for College Democrats.
From National Indivisibles:
With less than two weeks left in the year (and just one week in the Congressional calendar), we have a lot of work to do. Then, we can take a break, rest, and gear up to take back the House and Senate in 2018! Up first: keep the pressure on members of Congress to vote NO on the Trump Tax Scam. Late last week, Republicans announced their “conference report” of the tax bills was finalized (read our Conference Committee 101 if you need a refresher). After Doug Jones’ historic win, Republicans are rushing to a final vote on the Trump, before Senator-elect Doug Jones is seated (read our explainer on why this matters). The people of Alabama have spoken, and they rejected the Trump agenda. Their voices deserve to be heard, and that means no vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Doug Jones is in the Senate.
The House will likely vote tomorrow, with the Senate quickly behind. We’ll be honest: it seems like Republicans have all the votes they need lined up. But, as we saw in July with the healthcare fight, this isn’t over until all the votes are cast and the bill is on Trump’s desk.According to Speaker Ryan’s newsletter, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “opens up responsible energy exploration in ANWR. (Learn more here.)”
As soon as the tax scam fight is over, both chambers will quickly turn their attention to passing another continuing resolution to keep the government funded (check out our explainer on what the heck this means). The government will shut down Saturday, December 23, at 12:00am if a continuing resolution is not passed. With the stakes so high, and 60 votes required in the Senate (that means 8 Democrats!), Democrats have real leverage.
In September, the Trump Administration upended the lives of 800,000 young immigrants when he ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive action that allowed them to apply for work permits and live without fear of deportation. Democrats must use this leverage to demand protections for Dreamers be included in the bill. And Republicans must know that you want action to protect Dreamers.
Here’s what we need to do this week to take action on both of these fights:
Call your Senator now and tell them to vote NO on the #TrumpTaxScam. Senators Burr and Tillis are key votes in this fight and must hear from you before this fight is over. Read our call scripts and make a call now!
Demand your Senators become a Dream Hero. Read our call script and then start making phone calls. Let them know you want protections for immigrant youth included in the final version of the budget resolution.
Hold your members accountable. Never relent. Never forget. The tax bill would leave 13 million more people uninsured, raise taxes on 83 million families, and add $1.4 trillion to the deficit. And why? To give massive tax cuts to millionaires, corporations, and members of Congress themselves. And without a Dream Act, 800,000 immigrant youth will lose their work permits and face the threat of deportation.
Both of these fights will come down to the wire. That means we must get mad and stay loud.