1) Trump Tax Scam Vigil this Wed. 12/6 at 4pm- Rep. Smith’s Freehold Office – 112 Village Center Drive Freehold, N.J.
2) Our Indivisible NJ4 T- shirt campaign has been relaunched:
3) Indivisible NJ4 member meeting on Wed. Dec. 13, 7-9 PM at the Beach Haus in Belmar. Please join to continue our planning to challenge Smith!
4) Please complete our member survey:
The Tax Scam bill is a travesty. It gives massive tax cuts to corporations and the rich, adds $1.4 trillion to the deficit (which Republicans will use to demand cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security in 2018), will leave 13 million people without health insurance, and so much more (for more information on the differences between the House and Senate bills, see sources below).
There are two options for final passage of the Tax Scam. Republicans can “go to conference” where they’ll try to merge the Senate and House versions of the Tax Scam bills together, requiring both chambers to vote again on the final version, or the House can simply vote on the Senate’s version. Republicans have all publicly said they want to go to conference, a process which would more closely resemble “regular order” and allow for some review of what is in these bills. Conference could last up to two weeks… allowing us to keep up the pressure. But given the deep unpopularity of the Tax Scam, it’s possible they’ll try to avoid conference. Either way, Congressman Smith should commit now to opposing any version of a tax bill that benefits the wealthiest 1% and corporations at the expense of the middle class.
1) Let’s start calling Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10:00AM
Caller: I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I please speak with the staffer who handles budgetary concerns?
I am calling with my strong opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which benefits the ultra-wealthy and corporations while providing minimal benefits to most middle class households. The Senate version of the bill was made even more detrimental by including repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, which will result in millions losing coverage and increased premiums. I appreciate Rep. Smith’s previous vote against this harmful tax bill and urge him to make a public statement now committing to voting against the bill in any form if it benefits the wealthiest 1% and corporations at the expense of the middle class. Additionally, I want Rep. Smith to use his senior position in Congress to urge his fellow MOC to vote no and defeat the bill. Thank you.
Trump has threatened over 800,000 undocumented young people with deportation by rescinding DACA and giving Congress until March of 2018 to pass a legislative fix. Even worse, Trump introduced a list of expensive and punitive demands that must be coupled to approval of the DREAM Act or any similar DACA protection including: full funding for his campaign-promised border wall, hiring of 10,000 more immigration agents, expedited deportations of asylum seekers, and withholding of federal funding from sanctuary cities.
The December continuing resolution (or “CR”) is the last spending bill of the year and it is the last opportunity for the DREAM Act this year. Republicans plan to pass a CR on December 8 when funding for the government expires. Democrats have leverage here since Republicans need Democrats to help them pass a spending bill (60 votes are required in the Senate). 75% of Republicans and 2/3 of Trump supporters support letting DREAMers stay, so there is massive public support for it. We want our Senators to take the Dreamer pledge by committing to vote against the Dec. “continuing resolution” unless it contains a clean (free of any other immigration policy) DREAM Act. It has been reported that Senator Booker has committed to the Dreamer pledge, let’s confirm that and thank him during our call. Important: we are NOT calling for a shutdown. We’re asking that Dems REFUSE to help Republicans pass a spending bill unless it contains a clean DREAM Act.
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 speak with the staffer who handles immigration?
I’m calling to express my support for the DREAM Act, S. 1615, and the thousands of Dreamers who are at risk if DACA is reversed. I thank the Senator for standing up for Dreamers and urge him to continue to publicly oppose Trump’s demands to include funding for a border wall, increased deportation forces, or any measures that would endanger immigrant families to the bill.
Most importantly, I want the Senator to pledge that if Congress hasn’t passed the DREAM Act by Dec. 8th, when funding for the government runs out, then they will insist on it being a part of the December spending bill by voting against the Dec. “continuing resolution” unless it contains a clean DREAM Act. Will the Senator take the Dreamer pledge by making this commitment? Thank you.
If you have a personal story to relate to these issues, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!
Caller best practices:
Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
Study up on the issues: https://www.grbwomensinitiative.org/resources/
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