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Urgent Action Needed: Tell Your Representatives and Senators to Oppose the Terrible Tax Bill!

The House will take up their tax bill today, with a vote expected tomorrow! The Senate Finance Committee began marking up their bill earlier this week. These bills will lead to dangerous cuts to programs people with disabilities rely on. We need to stop them, and we need to take action now!

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingWhile there are differences between the House and Senate bills, both will provide tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations at our expense. Both bills significantly increase the federal deficit, which will lead to major cuts to the programs most important to disabled people – likely including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, housing, education, and more. And, the Senate just added a provision to their bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which the House will support when the bills are combined in conference. This means that on top of already terrible program cuts, millions more people will be uninsured and premiums will increase significantly.

Take Action Now!

Contact your Representatives AND Senators today and tell them you oppose their tax plan! Tell them that tax cuts for the wealthy should not be paid for by cutting the programs and services the rest of us rely on. Tell them that their bills will bring harm to people all over the country – including their own constituents! Congress is using their tax bill as a vehicle to make devastating cuts to programs AND as another chance to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We cannot let this happen!

Call your Representatives and Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). You can also find your Senator’s email address, Twitter handle, and other information through Contacting Congress

Read about NCIL’s specific concerns with the House bill in our previous alert.

Then, Take Action Over the Recess!

Congress will be on recess next week (November 18-26). The Senate will likely vote shortly after returning, so local action will be critical over the recess! We need to use this opportunity to make sure our Senators feel the pressure and hear our concerns. Don’t make this easy on them! Hold them accountable for their repeated attacks on their own constituents! We will send more information as it becomes available, but start planning your recess advocacy now!

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