Senate and House leaders are expected to vote on sweeping tax bill next week. Please see recent news and developments below. Let’s keep the pressure on and continue driving calls to the House and Senate urging them to vote NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

House toll-free line: 877-795-7862
Senate toll-free line: 888-516-5820

Latest Developments, Intel, and Timeline
12/15 – A conference report is expected today with the negotiated changes.  See documents from Americans for Tax Fairness:
Chart tracking reported details on the final bill
Summary of the Tax Bill Conference Agreement

12/18 or 12/19 – The Senate may vote and will have 10 hours of debate prior to the votes.
12/19 or 12/20 – The House may vote.

  • The Senate is the best bet for stopping the bill. Priority targets are Collins (ME), Corker (TN), Flake (AZ), Rubio (FL), and Heller (NV).  Little is known about McCain’s health and when he will return from the hospital.
  • Rubio (FL) announced this week that he is a NO vote unless changes are made to the child tax credit.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
12/13 – Letters sent to all House and Senate offices signed by 39 CCD member organizations.  See Senate letter.
12/18 – Autism Society is co-hosting another  National Call in Day sponsored by several CCD member organizations.  See Facebook and Website.  The event includes a  Thunderclap at noon on Monday

New Resources
Tax Deductions and credits for donating to education non-profits & private schools (that do not have to adhere to the IDEA) –

Report: https://itep.org/tax-bill-would-increase-abuse-of-charitable-giving-deduction-with-private-k-12-schools-as-the-biggest-winners/
Blog: https://itep.org/private-schools-donors-likely-to-win-big-from-expanded-loophole-in-tax-bill/

Some things we’ve learned about the conference report:
– It does not include the health care bills advocated by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that has the potential to help stabilize the insurance marketplaces.
– It does not boost the Child Tax Credit for struggling families, as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has urged.
– Credible analyses have shown it increases deficits by at least $1 trillion, and potentially much more.
– The conferenced bill further lowers the top tax rate for top income earners—from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.
– It gives corporations their tax cuts immediately, but with slightly less-steep rate reductions (cutting the corporate rate from 35% to 21% instead of 20)

Repeals the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act which the Congressional Budget Office analysis says will lead to:
– 13 million more Americans uninsured
– Nearly $2,000 in insurance premium increases for middle class families
– An insurer exodus from markets
– And they are paying for it with cuts to your health care and retirement

The bill will force an immediate $25 billion cut to Medicare and could jeopardize other programs, such as the Vocational Rehabilitation and Social Services Block Grant

Republican lawmakers are already stating they plan to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to pay for the increased deficit.

Forwarded from Americans for Tax Fairness, including upcoming events:

Resources:
Chart tracking reported details on the final bill
Summary of the Tax Bill Conference Agreement
Social Media Toolkit for use ahead of the vote, feel free to use and share widely!
Updated Target List
In recent days we put SALT fact sheets out to the media in select states showing how the current Senate bill and the two “compromises” that were on the table would affect people. These use ITEP data.
https://americansfortaxfairness.org/state-local-tax-deduction-materials/

HOUSE
Thanks to the hard work of so many advocates, so far, we’ve had over 700 events nationwide since October. This week, we’ve been focused on actions in key House districts and we’ve had over 40 events this week, with mostly a Healthcare & SALT message.
All events can be found on this grid and, as always, on http://stoptrumptaxcuts.com/events/.

SENATE
Faith in Public Life and other coalition partners are anchoring faith led healthcare actions this week and next week at key members’ offices. Details are still being finalized, but we’re hoping to have similar actions to the one clergy leaders held in Sen. Collins’ office last week.

ARIZONA: In partnership with Mi Familia Vota, there will be a Dreamer and clergy led event at Senator Flake’s Phoenix office, urging him to find his moral consciousness and vote NO on the tax bill and realize his deal on DACA is a fake promise. Messages to Sen. Flake are also being delivered on the ground and through Spanish language radio ads that will air this weekend.

Date: Friday, 12/15/17
Time: 10:30 am (local time)
LOCATION: Office of Sen. Jeff Flake, 2200 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

MAINE: Folks have plans to replicate last Thursday’s pray-in with CD (but with different clergy) in Lewistown and Biddeford targeting Sen. Collins. More details to come.
Date: Monday 12/18/17

PENNSYLVANIA: There will be Pray-in’s targeting Representatives Costello, Fitzpatrick, and Dent. More details to come.
Date: Monday 12/18/17 & 12/19/17

VIRGINIA: Pray in targeting Representative Comstock.  More details to come.
Date: Monday 12/18/17
Time: 10:00 am EDT
Location: 21430 Cedar Dr, Sterling, VA 20164

FLORIDA: Rubio to vote against tax bill unless tax credit for working poor is expanded
So we are hoping to work with any partners who have capacity to do either visibility events targeting Rubio, or grasstops work or even just an op-ed to try and move him. So please be in touch if you can move anything on Rubio—anything helps at this stage.

Local Press Clips—Please send any that are not included, so we can highlight all the good work folks are doing in-district! Thanks.

MSNBC: (Video) Tax Bill Protests Resume Around the Country

The New York Times: Last-Ditch Effort to Sway Senator on Tax Bill Involves Personal Pleas

HuffPost: 84 Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest Against GOP Tax Bill

Unidos US Blog: Trump And Congressional Republicans Are Destroying Our Kids’ Future

HCAN
Tax bill: NJ groups try last-minute blitz to defeat it
“There are so many big negatives here, and the significance for our state is devastating,” said Tom Bracken, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Analysis from University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Business School Shows Tax Plan has Potentially Massive Math Problem

South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce Letter to Sen. Tim Scott (December 11)

Outside Rep. Ed Royce’s office, protesters don top hats, call tax bill a tool for the rich (LA TIMES)