Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND BUDGET CUTS FOR EVERYONE ELSE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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STOP TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND BUDGET CUTS FOR EVERYONE ELSE
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#NotOnePenny
#TrumpTaxScam
#ProtectOurCare
Last week the Senate passed a budget that hurts ordinary people and enriches the wealthy. The House’s budget was similar, and, after approving the Senate version, Republicans will move quickly to hand out tax breaks.
The Senate instructed committees to create a budget and tax plan that:
• cuts revenue by $1.5 trillion
• slashes programs, including Medicaid by $1 trillion and Medicare by $473 billion, to partially pay for a ballooning deficit
• gives Trump’s cabinet an estimated $3.5 billion in tax cuts, including $23 million to Trump himself.
This plan gives 37% of Oregon’s tax cuts to millionaires - an average of $130,000/millionaire – who make up 0.4% of the population. The 44.6% of Oregonians making less than $45,000 would get, on average, $240/person.
Senator Wyden calls this bill a “con job”. By giving reconciliation instructions to the committees, Republicans can pass a tax bill without Democratic votes.
Republicans are trying to bypass normal order to jam through tax reform, just like with the ACA. Oregon’s Democratic MoCs already voted against these budget bills. They need our support to keep up these votes. Let’s call and make it clear America deserves better. 
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**ACTION: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned that the GOP is using the tax and budget process to give the wealthy tax breaks, while cutting public programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Thank you for voting ‘no’ on this budget. Please use all Senate procedural tools to make sure these cuts don’t happen. You helped save the ACA. We are counting on you to save health care again. Thanks for all you do.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR ALL REPS BUT WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned that the GOP is using the tax and budget process to give the wealthy tax breaks, while cutting public programs like Medicaid and Medicare. They are using the same tactics they used in their ACA repeals. Thank you for voting no on this budget. Please use all procedural tools to make sure these cuts don’t happen. We are counting on you to save our health care. Thank you.
FOR WALDEN: 
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned that the GOP tax and budget plan gives the wealthy tax breaks, while cutting public programs like Medicaid and Medicare. It should not be railroaded through with 51 votes. Please stand for ordinary working people in District 2. Don’t give the super-rich tax cuts they don’t need. And don’t cut public programs like Medicaid and Medicare.”
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

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