Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ACTION: STOP THE TAX BILL COSTS FROM CLIMBING

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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STOP THE TAX BILL COSTS FROM CLIMBING
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#HandsOff
#TrumpTaxScam
#NotOnePenny
Two months into the new tax regime, an unprecedented number of drafting mistakes have surfaced that could mean billions more in lost tax revenue—and even more debt than the staggering $1.5 trillion passed in the middle of the night by Republicans. 
Party leaders may want to correct their errors by adding technical fixes to the next must-pass budget bill. We too want the errors fixed, but we also want more: a fair tax code, and protection for social programs.
Don’t buy Republicans’ claims that cuts to social programs inevitably follow tax cuts as night follows day. This is a self-inflicted problem. The long-term solution is to make the 2018 election count, and end the terms of those who voted for the Trump Tax Scam. 
But for now, Republicans need Democrats’ support in the Senate for any technical fixes. Democrats should not give their votes easily. They should call for hearings so that the American people can assess the damage, and know what will be done. And we need our Senators, especially Sen. Wyden, who is the ranking member of the Finance Committee, to keep fighting for a fair tax plan and to stop any cuts to social programs. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through) 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR WYDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I want Senator Wyden to fight for a fair tax code to protect Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and other social programs. Any technical fixes to the error-ridden tax law cannot further increase the deficit. They must be at least revenue neutral, if not revenue positive. I also ask you, as ranking member of the Senate Finance committee, to call for hearings so that the American people can understand what happened and why. Thank you.” 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The irresponsible tax bill contains many drafting errors that could increase the deficit even more than the expected $1.5 trillion. Any technical fixes to this error-ridden tax law cannot further increase the deficit. They must be at least revenue neutral, if not revenue positive. Thank you.” 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR MERKLEY AND ALL REPS EXCEPT WALDEN: 
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I want [Name] to fight for a fair tax code to protect Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and other social programs. Any technical fixes to the error-ridden tax law cannot further increase the deficit. They must be at least revenue neutral, if not revenue positive. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: RAISE THIS ISSUE ON SOCIAL MEDIA**
Pass along this call to action, and the message that we will have to pay even more for the tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations if these tax fixes go through unaddressed.
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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

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