On December 2 the Senate passed its version of H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (51 Republicans voted in favor, while all Senate Democrats and Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) voted against). On Monday, December 4th, the House of Representatives agreed to the motion to go to conference by a vote of 222-192. Seven House Republicans joined the Democratic caucus in voting against the measure. The Senate is expected to pass a similar motion this week creating a conference to iron out differences in the hopes sending a final tax bill to the President this month.
By all measures, this tax plan stands as a permanent windfall for corporations and wealthy Americans. In stark contrast, low and middle income Americans will be net losers under the plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office. . The result of the bill’s transfer of wealth will inflict painful cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act and shred the health care safety net, on which, older adults and vulnerable citizens depend. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will also devastate funding for K-12 education and higher education, and other non-defense social service programs. Whatsmore, the bill is estimated to add $1.5 trillion to our national debt, an unnecessary price tag for Americans to pay for generations to come.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now in the hands of the House and the Senate leadership to reconcile differences in the language and provisions of the respective versions of the bill. Though there is an expectation that the two bodies will patch together a final bill, we must not sit in silence while the conferees go through their process. You need to let your members of Congress- Republican and Democrats alike- know how upset you are with this inequitable legislation.
There is still an outside chance that enough principled members of Congress will come to their senses and reject H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But we need your help! Call your Senators and Representative TODAY and remind them that:
- As a constituent, social worker and member of the National Association of Social Workers I urge you to vote NO on the conferenced version of H.R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
- The legislation will lead to an increase in the deficit of $1.5 trillion, which will then decimate health care and social service programs your constituents rely on.
- The Senate legislation repeals the Individual Mandate, which is detrimental to the health care of Americans, and has been projected by CBO to increase health care premiums by 10% per year and cause 13 million fewer people to have health care coverage by 2027.
- The legislation raises taxes on 87 million middle-class families.
- The legislation triggers automatic Medicare cuts of $25 billion next year and $400 billion over 10 years.
- Again, we urge you to vote NO on H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Senate Republican Conferees:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Senator John Thune (R-SD)
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Senate Democratic Conferees:
Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I-VT)
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
House Republican Conferees:
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
House Democratic Conferees:
Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
If your member of Congress does not sit on the Conference Committee, we still urge you to call TODAY to express the key talking points and to have them share this message with the Conference Committee Members and Congressional Leadership.
Your voice is vital in this effort as we work to stop H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from moving forward!