1) Use Indivisible’s peer to peer calling tool to make calls to someone in a key red state to urge them to call their MoCs to say no to the tax scam!

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3) The next Indivisible NJ4 member meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7-9 PM at the Beach Haus in Belmar. Please join to continue our planning to challenge Smith!

Background 1
Yesterday, North Korea issued a direct challenge to President Donald Trump with the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that Defense Secretary James Mattis said demonstrates it has the ability to hit “everywhere in the world.” This comes despite Trump’s repeated warnings to North Korea. Trump’s reckless behavior toward North Korea and his ill-informed statements about the nuclear arsenal have put the presidential power to launch a nuclear first strike in the forefront of the minds of many Americans. In light of his alarming actions, we are long overdue for a thorough reconsideration of the president’s ability to quickly launch weapons with the potential to end life on Earth.

Members of Congress must make a bold, public statement denouncing the Trump administration’s reckless rhetoric and making clear that they will not support any congressional authority for Trump to use military force with North Korea. The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 would make explicit that Trump cannot launch a nuclear strike absent a declaration of war from Congress, and the No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act of 2017 would prevent Trump from launching any sort of strike at North Korea without congressional authorization.

1) Let’s start calling Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10:00AM…

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles military affairs?

I’m calling because I’m very concerned about the current situation with North Korea, and I want to know how Rep. Smith is responding to Trump’s dangerous warmongering rhetoric. I strongly urge Rep. Smith to clearly state on the record that Trump’s rhetoric is making the situation worse, and urging de-escalation and diplomatic solutions to this crisis. It’s very important for Congress to weigh in here as the body that is supposed to be determining when and where we go to war. I’d also like Rep. Smith to co-sponsor 2 pieces of legislation that would restrict the President’s ability to launch a nuclear strike without congressional authorization:

H.R. 669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (This legislation would make explicit that Trump cannot launch a nuclear strike absent a declaration of war from Congress.)
H.R. 4140, the No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act of 2017. (This bill seeks to prevent Trump from launching any sort of strike at North Korea without congressional authorization.)
I’ll be checking the co-sponsor lists to make sure Rep. Smith is supporting. Thank you.


Background 2:
Congressman Smith’s “no” vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, HR 1, was not enough to stop its passage in the House. Moving to the Senate, Republican leaders have made the tax bill even worse by proposing to include a repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, which according to the CBO would result in 13 million fewer people having health insurance, and would drive up insurance premiums for many Americans by roughly 10 percent. It is estimated that 325,000 people in New Jersey would lose health insurance coverage, and 1,030,100 New Jersey families would see a tax increase.

The bill was voted out of committee on Tuesday. The Senate is expected to vote on the Motion to Proceed as early as Wednesday and they could take a final vote as early as Thursday or Friday. If the Senate manages to get its bill through, the House will vote again, almost immediately, this time on the Senate version. The House will almost surely vote on whatever the Senate passes. That’s why we have to make sure that we stop the Senate from passing its TrumpCare/Tax Scam bill.

2) Let’s start calling our Senators (Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030) around 10:00AM

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of the Senator’s; may I please speak with the staffer who handles budgetary concerns?

I am calling with my strong opposition to the Republican tax bill. The bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by repealing the ACA’s individual mandate which will leave hundreds of thousands of people in NJ uninsured, raise premiums, and raise taxes on middle-class families. I appreciate that the Senator has publicly stated his opposition, but I’m asking for him to do more. Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes on other agenda items currently moving through the Senate and filibustering in the Senate now so that we have time to mobilize against this bill?  It’s not enough just to vote no, the Senator needs to actively work now to slow down the Trump Tax bill and expose it for the scam it is. Democrats started withholding consent during the health care fight—and it worked. That’s what I want to see again here. The Senate should return to regular order to create a tax plan that works for all Americans. Thank you.

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