The U.S. Senate and House have both passed tax cut bills that give big tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations while creating BIG deficits (at least $1.5 trillion). Republicans are now saying publicly that they will deal with these deficits by cutting social programs, including Medicaid and Medicare.
Because the Senate and House versions of the Republican tax bill are different, there will have to be a Conference Committee to combine the two bills. The new version of the bill will have to be voted on by the House and the Senate. The Conference Committee is likely to meet only once. The real work will be done by Republican leaders behind closed doors. The revised bill is expected to be just as bad as the current House and Senate versions.
We need to make sure that the public continues to hear how bad this tax bill is and that U.S. Senators and Representatives understand that cutting health care and other social programs to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations is unfair and unacceptable.
Here are some details on the impact of the tax bill from the Joint Commission on Taxation as summarized by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), on the impact on Connecticut taxpayers from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and on the likely result of the Conference Committee from CBPP.
Here's some things you can do:
1. Contact Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and your U.S. Representative. Thank them for voting against the Republican Tax Bill and for speaking out against the bill. Urge them to continue to explain to the American people why the policy in this bill is wrong. Contact information here. Toll-free number 1-855-0972-9703.
2. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper outlining the problems with the bill and the concerns about using the deficits created by the bill as an excuse to cut social services. Talking points here.
3. Contact colleagues, family and friends in swing districts in other states and urge them to contact their Representatives. Key Representatives are: McClintock, Denham, Valadao, Knight, Royce, Walters, Rohrabacher and Issa from California; Coffman from Colorado; Curbelo and Ros-Lehtinen from Florida; Blum from Iowa; Poliquin from Maine; Jones from North Carolina; LoBiondo, Smith, Lance and Frelinghuysen from New Jersey; Zeldin, King, Donovan, Faso, Stefanik, Tenney and Katko from New York; Turner and Joyce from Ohio; Costello, Meehan, Fitzpatrick and Dent from Pennsylvania; Hurd from Texas; Comstock from Virginia; Buetler and Reichert from Washington. Toll-free number: 1-855-972-9703.
*** Concerned about the state budget cut to the Medicare Savings Program? See the previous alert for updated information.