TO: Autism Society
FROM: Kim Musheno, Vice President of Public Policy

On December 2, the Senate passed their tax bill 51-49. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was the only Republican to vote against the bill. See The Hill write up summarizing the dramatic day and the New York Times which includes links to see how members voted on certain amendments.

Thank you to everyone who acted and galvanized their grassroots to take action against this bill that will hurt people with disabilities and pay the way for massive cuts to Medicaid and other programs on which people with disabilities rely.  YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!

The bills may be conferenced (see differences between the bills) or the House may just vote on the Senate bill. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has updated analyses on the changes being made to the tax bill.

While neither bill directly cuts Medicaid, they dramatically cut the revenue necessary to fund Medicaid, leaving it vulnerable to future cuts. In combination with the budget that passed three weeks ago – outlining over $1.1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid – if this tax bill passes the likely next step will be cuts to Medicaid.

This may be the most important vote of the year with the most far-reaching impacts for every individual and every family in the country! 

We must now contact Representatives THIS WEEK! Please generate calls and letters, engage in social media, and attend rallies and other events.

  • Here’s a list of key targets in the House on the Center for Public Representation website from American’s for Tax Fairness.
  • Use the Capitol Switchboard number to connect with representatives (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY).
  • Several CCD members have online email engagements set up including The Arc and ANCOR. Please feel free to share these.
  • Feel free to use these sample social media graphics and tweets: See graphics here and here. Sample tweets.
  • See CCD’s top five reasons with this bill will hurt people with disabilities for talking points.