Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE TAX SCAM

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO STOP THE TAX SCAM
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#TrumpTaxScam
#ProtectOurCare
Republicans are moving at warp speed -- in Congressional terms -- to enact a new tax code.
• The House will introduce a tax bill on November 1 and begin markup by Nov. 6.
• Senate Republicans plan a full Senate vote by Thanksgiving 
The plan can work, since the Senate needs only 51 votes to succeed. Republicans think we aren’t paying attention. They aren’t counting on opposition from the American people. We must stand in the way -- just as we did to protect the ACA. 
We must make noise because, along with greedy giveaways to the rich, the 
tax plan will exacerbate the wealth gap and add $1.5 trillion to the deficit. To get authorization for the 51-vote process, the budget bill had to permit deep spending cuts, including:
• $1.3 trillion health care cuts
• deeper cuts to Medicaid than any of the repeal bills
• $473 billion Medicare cuts
• $673 billion in cuts to income-stabilizing programs like food stamps, SSI, earned-income tax credits, and unemployment insurance. 
Time is short. Tell your friends in red states to call their MoCs now. Tell the Oregon MoCs to oppose the Tax Scam. Tell the Democrats in the delegation that they must leave nothing on the field. 
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**ACTION: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Senators:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The Trump Tax Scam is a massive giveaway to the wealthy. It will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. My family and I rely on that safety net. [If you have a story, tell it here.] Please use all Senate procedural tools to make sure these cuts don’t happen. You helped save the ACA. We are counting on you 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]. The Trump Tax Scam is a massive giveaway to the wealthy. It will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. My family and I rely on that safety net. [If you have a story, tell it here.] Please use all procedural tools to make sure these cuts don’t happen. Thank you.”
FOR WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am deeply opposed to the Trump tax plan. It is a massive giveaway to the wealthy. It will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. My family and I rely on that safety net. [If you have a story, tell it here.] Please stand for ordinary people in District 2. Protect cut Medicare, Medicaid and all the other safety net programs. Don’t give the super-rich tax cuts they don’t need. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: SEND THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Post this on Facebook or other social media.
Organize a calling team of like-minded friends to support one another through this campaign.
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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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