What happened in Congress last week was shameful, but the fight is not over yet.

At 1:30 AM Saturday, after less than 2 weeks of consideration and debate, 51 Senate Republicans voted to give whopping tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations.

Their plan will cause the deficit to explode and trigger $25 billion in cuts to Medicare next year, and another $385 billion over the next nine years. The plan must now go back to the U.S. House.

We need you to call your member of Congress. They need to hear loud and clear that this plan is bad news for retirees and anyone who isn’t a millionaire.

Please dial 1-866-828-4162 to be connected to your Representative now.

It’s madness. Despite the fact that 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, 51 Republican Senators voted to cut retiree health benefits earned over a lifetime to provide an unneeded windfall to the top 1%. They seem determined to create a retirement crisis that will take decades to reverse.

We need to make sure everyone realizes how devastating this plan is.

 

Besides the automatic cuts to Medicare, this bill:

•        Gives a massive tax cut to millionaires and corporations. Over 60% of the tax cuts go to the richest 1%.

•        Raises taxes on 67 million middle-class families making less than $100,000 a year.

•        Strips 13 million Americans of their health insurance and raises insurance premiums by $2,000 on average for millions of people on the individual market.

•        Adds $1 trillion to the national debt, which will result in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and education.

•        Reduces the popular state and local tax deductions used by millions of middle-class families.

•        Hands a $500 billion tax break to multinational corporations that have stashed $2.6 trillion in untaxed profits offshore.

Fight back now by calling your member of Congress and telling them to vote against this Tax Scam.

Call 1-866-828-4162 and get connected now.

Thank you for all you do.
Rich Fiesta
Executive Director
Alliance for Retired Americans

Late Friday night, under the cover of dark and with little debate (or even time to read the bill), Senate Republicans passed a “tax plan” that guts Obamacare and kicks cancer patients off Medicare to finance tax breaks for the top 1% and corporations.

The House has already passed similar legislation. However, there are significant differences between the two bills. To reconcile the differences, the House and Senate will go to conference committee to negotiate changes. Then there will be another vote in both chambers.

We still have time to stop Republicans before their tax scam becomes law. Let’s make sure they know we’re outraged.

Call Senator Chuck Grassley at (202) 224-3744 and Senator Joni Ernst at (202) 224-3254. Tell them you are outraged by their vote for the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” When you reach an aide or voicemail, here is a sample script to get you started:

 

Hello, my name is ______________. I live in zip code _____. I am appalled by the Senate tax plan and oppose it strongly. It was rushed through in the middle of the night, handwritten and without enough time to fully read the legislation. This tax bill won’t do anything to simplify the tax code, or make it better for middle class families. Health insurance premiums will rise and working families will see a tax increase. Senators failed their constituents. You need to make this right.

As the Economic Policy Institute points out, the Republican tax scam is nothing more than a giveaway to the richest households and corporations.

Republicans like Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are already frothing at the mouth over the long-term impacts of this bill: The trillion dollar deficit this legislation creates will be used to further attack Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other critical programs and services like food stamps and public education.

If this bill becomes law, everyday Americans will suffer to pay for billions of dollars in tax breaks for Donald Trump, his family, his Wall Street friends and cronies.

This fight isn’t over. Let’s make sure Republicans hear us loud and clear: No cuts to crucial programs and services in order to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy.

Call Senator Chuck Grassley at (202) 224-3744 and Senator Joni Ernst at (202) 224-3254. Tell them you are outraged by their vote for the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” When you reach an aide or voicemail, here is a sample script to get you started:

 

Hello, my name is _______________. I live in zip code _______. I am appalled by the Senate tax plan and oppose it strongly. It was rushed through in the middle of the night, handwritten and without enough time to fully read the legislation. This tax bill won’t do anything to simplify the tax code, or make it better for middle class families. Health insurance premiums will rise and working families will see a tax increase. Senators failed their constituents. You need to make this right.

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