November 19, 2017
Stop the GOP tax scam runaway train
With unprecedented speed, Republican leadership is rushing to jam through a massive tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporations in the next few weeks. Despite 13 Republicans joining Democrats in opposition, the House passed its tax bill by a vote of 227-205. The Senate Finance Committee, on a party-line vote, approved its own tax bill, setting up a vote on the floor the week after Thanksgiving.
Both bills give huge tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations paid for by working families and students. Both bills raise taxes on some working families, according to Congress’s own nonpartisan tax analysts. Both bills eliminate the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes, which is projected to blow holes in state and local budgets and put education funding at risk of cuts as high as $370 billion over the next decade, costing hundreds of thousands of educator jobs. Incredibly, both bills allow corporations to continue claiming the state and local deduction even while taking it away from individuals and families.
The House bill also eliminates the popular educator tax deduction of $250 annually to help offset the costs nearly all educators incur to purchase school supplies for their students — but businesses can still claim a deduction for buying business supplies. It includes a voucher-like provision that allows wealthy families to sock away up to $10,000 a year in a tax-free account to pay for private school tuition — an idea championed by Betsy DeVos.
The upcoming fight is now in the Senate, where we need to raise our voices once more to stop a terrible bill from going forward. GOP leaders decided to also add a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (with no replacement) to their tax bill, which will cause 13 million Americans to lose health coverage and premiums to spike. The reason? To pay for tax giveaways to the wealthy and corporations.
Don’t sit this out. Click the take action button and tell the Senate to VOTE NO on the tax bill.
Encourage Republicans to support the Dream Act
To build support for passing the Dream Act, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Asian American/Pacific Islander youth and leaders from across the country for a press conference and rally on Nov. 15. Now more than ever, Congress must act quickly to pass the Dream Act of 2017, as it enjoys bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. The most inclusive solution for DACA recipients and Dreamers brought to the United States as minors, the Dream Act includes multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. Click on the take action button to contact your Republican representatives and urge them to support the Dream Act.
Cheers and Jeers
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for accurately describing the GOP’s tax bills as “plans [that] levy a ‘suburban tax’ on middle-class families.”
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for her take on the Senate tax bill: “The people this is going to hit are middle-class people that ostensibly this whole bill was supposed to be about helping.”
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) for his response to Senate GOP leadership’s decision to combine tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations with crippling the Affordable Care Act: “Here we go again. If you care about quality, affordable health care — it’s time to call your Senator and Member of Congress.”
192 Democrats and 13 Republicans for voting NO on the House tax bill: Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Dan Donovan (R-NY), John Faso (R-NY), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
227 Republicans for voting YES on the House tax bill
Senate GOP leadership for proposing to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act as part of tax “reform” — a move that will send premiums skyrocketing and cause 13 million people to lose coverage over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)