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Keep Fighting the Tax Bill and Participate in Today’s National Call-In Day!

The Senate is getting closer to passing their dangerous tax bill, with a vote expected as early as Thursday. We have a very short window to stop this bill from passing, so immediate action is critical!

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingTake Action Now!

  • Participate in the National CallIn Day! Wednesday, November 29 is a national disability community call-in day. You can find more information at the Facebook event. Please participate in the event and share it with your networks!
  • Keep calling your Senators! Keep calling your Senators DAILY until they commit to voting no on the tax bill! You can find your Senators’ numbers at Contacting Congress or you can reach them by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY).
  • Other ways to contact your Senators: Use Resistbot to have your texts turned into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters. Fax your Senator (use faxzero.com to find your Senator’s fax number). And find your Senator’s email address, Facebook page, Twitter handle, and other information through Contacting Congress.
  • Get others involved! Educate your family and friends about why this tax bill is so harmful to disabled people. Share the National Call-In Day’s Facebook event, and post information on social media using the hashtag #TaxOnDisability.

This bill would be devastating to people with disabilities. It would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which would result in significant premium increases and 13 million fewer people having insurance. It would cause a massive $1.5 trillion increase in the deficit, which would set the stage for slashing Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other vital programs. Additionally, the increase to the deficit would trigger the “Pay-As-You-Go” Budget Rule (PAYGO), which would automatically force billions of dollars in cuts to essential mandatory programs, including $25 billion in cuts to Medicare and the potential elimination of Vocational Rehabilitation basic State grants. This bill would harm our community in countless ways, with hundreds of billions of dollars being snatched away from programs we need and handed over to the people who need it the least. Read about our additional concerns with the House version. For additional information, see our two previous alerts:

Right now, one thing is for sure: Congress plans to provide tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of everyone else, and disabled people will be hit hard. If this bill passes, the rich will become richer, and we’ll foot the bill. The Senate’s tax bill is an attack on the disability community, and it’s on us to stop it! Take action!

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  1. In my opinion, taxes and taxes are imposed in a kind of abusive state. A lot of money we’re working on and others are enjoying it.

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