Partisan explanations of opposition/support for the “Tax Reform and Jobs Act” are based on partisan tribalism, not thoughtful consideration, and that’s a sword that swings both ways. There are elements of this bill that can benefit most of us, some far more than others, and should be passed. There are others, though, that are inexcusable and must be defeated. (See every tax cut and increase HERE.) A better discussion than “Let’s shoehorn it through by reconciliation because it only takes 50 votes” would be “How can we make this bill benefit everyone fairly?” The Call to Action below is based only on some elements that affect us, most compellingly the repeal of the Individual Mandate, which foreshadows the death of the Affordable Care Act. Please act now- it is happening in the coming week.
Call to Action: Indivisible energy and resistance are needed again, right now. The “Tax Reform and Jobs Act” must be stopped in the Senate. It’s already passed the House, so we need to bury our Senators with objections before they ram it through.
Why oppose the GOP tax plan? Well…
- The CBO is reporting that this plan could slash Medicare by $25 BILLION almost immediately.
- This bill also repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, leaving 13 million people without insurance and sending premiums skyrocketing. It would raise $4.5 trillion in part by cutting numerous deductions for individuals and repealing the personal exemption.
- It adds more than $1.4 trillion to the federal debt over 10 years.
- It repeals the alternative minimum tax, which primarily affects households with incomes from $200,000 to $1 million.
- Those making between $10,000 and $30,000 a year would pay more in taxes starting in 2021.
- By 2023, people with incomes less than $10,000 also would see tax increases.
- All other income categories — including those earning more than $1 million a year or more — would see tax decreases
- In 2027 taxes go up for every income group under $75,000 because the Senate Republican bill calls for tax cuts and other changes to the individual code to expire at the end of 2025
- The large cut in the corporate tax rate, to 20% from 35%, would be permanent under this bill.
Email, Call, FAX, Tweet every day until this argument ends. (Contact information below the script.)
Here is a call script if it’s helpful:
Caller: Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [part of North Carolina]. I’m calling to let Senator Burr/Tillis know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the tribal partisanship surrounding it. This tax bill effectively ends the Affordable Care Act, and I insist that not happen. It will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by leaving tens of thousands of people in North Carolina uninsured, raising insurance premiums, and raising taxes on middle-class families.
Staffer: The Senator is in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He thinks it is important that we reform our broken, complex tax code so that middle-class families can benefit.
Caller: I agree- it is important. This tax bill as it’s written doesn’t help middle class families get ahead, though. Every single provision intended to help the middle-class expire, and lower middle-class families will pay more. But the corporate tax cuts are forever. Also, the CBO estimates that health insurance premiums will increase 10% more per year than they would without this bill and we know 13 million more people will be uninsured!
Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the Senator.
Caller: Thank you, please do. No response from the Senator is needed. I will see if he votes right versus left or right versus wrong so please let him know that his vote will affect mine.
Sen. Thom Tillis
Data, Information and Record: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/thom_tillis/412668
Web page: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsletter-signup#form_981CF0E6-2E72-48AB-9569-64D870510A59
Washington Office”: Phone: 202-224-6342; Fax: (202) 228-2563
Hendersonville Office: Phone: (828) 693-8750; Fax: (828) 693-9724
Sen. Richard Burr
Data, Information and Record: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/richard_burr/400054
Web page: http://www.burr.senate.gov/
Washington Office: Phone- (202) 224-3154; FAX: (202) 228-2981
Winston Salem Office- (800) 685-8916