Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ACTION: STOP TRUMP TAX SCAM: OPPOSE MASSIVE HIDDEN POLICY CHANGES

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**  
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 
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STOP TRUMP TAX SCAM: OPPOSE MASSIVE HIDDEN POLICY CHANGES
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#TrumpTaxScam 
#NotOnePenny
#WhenWeFightWeWin
The Trump Tax Scam contains hidden provisions that will enact long-held, unpopular GOP dogma, affecting laws and policy unrelated to the Tax Code. 
The House bill:
• Refers to “unborn children,” defining fetuses as “persons.” This language could be used to help outlaw abortion
• Repeals a 63-year-old law prohibiting public charities from endorsing/opposing political candidates. This will allow clergy to preach partisan politics from the pulpit, cost the Treasury $2.1 billion over 10 years as political donors shift their contributions to tax-exempt charities, and lead to potential abuse jeopardizing the future of the charitable deduction, donor privacy, and public trust in non-profit sector.
The Senate version changes the cost-of-living calculation to limit increases due to inflation (“chained CPI”), affecting programs and benefits indexed to inflation. The
chained CPI erodes the benefits of the standard deduction and Earned Income Tax Credit, increasing lower and middle-class taxes. If the GOP succeeds in applying the chained CPI to Social Security, payouts will be cut by $230+ billion over 10 years. Seniors will receive lower benefits and pay higher taxes
We must shed light on these provisions and derail the Trump Tax Scam. Start calling now!
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.) 
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling about the Trump Tax Scam’s hidden provisions that lay the groundwork for anti-abortion legislation, abuse of political donations, and higher taxes for the middle class. I want to thank the Senator for speaking out loudly against this tax bill, but I am asking for even more: (1) To vote NO on the Motion to Proceed; and (2) To shutdown the Senate by withholding unanimous consent on every bill or nominee that McConnell puts forward. Will the Senator commit to those actions?”
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**ACTION 2: CALL CONSTITUENTS IN SWING STATES**
Call progressive constituents in critical swing states – Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia – and urge them to call their Senators to vote NO on the Tax Scam. 
The Indivisible Guide makes it easy with their calling tool: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam/
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**ACTION 3: JOIN A CALLING PARTY THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND** 
We must act urgently to stop this dangerous bill. Indivisible Oregon is organizing emergency calling parties in the Portland area Thanksgiving weekend. Together, we will use the Indivisible Guide tool to call progressive constituents in critical swing states and urge them to call their Senators to vote NO on the Tax Scam. If you’ve never made calls before – or if you’d like to give/receive moral support – please join us! 
Details coming soon. Watch Indivisible Oregon Events tab for details:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/IndivisibleOregon/events/
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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

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