Tax Scam Vigil

1) Trump Tax Scam Rally today Wed. Dec. 13 at 4pm- Rep. Smith’s Freehold Office – 112 Village Center Drive Freehold, N.J. Please share and encourage family & friends to attend!

2) Indivisible NJ4 member meeting today Wed. Dec. 13, 7-9 PM at the Beach Haus in Belmar. Please join to continue our planning to challenge Smith!

Background 1
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. The House has voted to “go to conference” where they’ll try to merge the Senate and House versions of the Tax Scam bills together. Conference could last up to two weeks… allowing us to keep up the pressure. Congressman Smith has stated he is opposed to the bill, let’s hold him to that!

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 his statement that he is currently opposed to the bill. I urge Rep. Smith to remain a firm no vote against the bill in any form if it benefits the wealthiest 1% at the expense of the middle class. I also want to see Rep. Smith to do more; will he use his position as a Senior Member of Congress to speak publicly against the bill and pressure his fellow Republican MOC to vote no and defeat the bill? Thank you.


Background 2
Federal funding ran out on Sept. 30 for both CHIP, which annually insures nearly 9 million children and pregnant women whose families’ incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, and Community Health Centers, which are the main source of health care for more than 25 million low-income Americans regardless of their ability to pay, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Some states have already begun to exhaust their federal CHIP money as of December. Republicans claim the CR (continuing resolution) passed on Dec. 7th to keep the government funded until December 22nd contained a CHIP funding fix. However, the CR merely made it easier for states to access leftover funds without adding any new funding. Congress still must pass a full funding fix for CHIP, presumably as part of their December 22nd funding deal.

House Republicans have passed legislation, HR 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to renew funding for both CHIP and community health centers, but pay for the programs by large cuts to the ACA and changes to both the ACA and Medicaid that will drastically weaken the healthcare system. Senators Booker and Menendez have already cosponsored S. 1827, the KIDS Act, a bipartisan bill to extend funding for CHIP. Let’s urge them to ensure that Congress does not fund children’s healthcare at the expense of others.

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 healthcare?

I’m calling with my strong support for renewal of funding for both CHIP and Community Health Centers. Congress must immediately pass clean bipartisan reauthorization bills for both CHIP and Community Health Centers without cuts to the ACA or weakening of Medicare or Medicaid as proposed in the House’s CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, HR 3922. I thank the Senator for cosponsoring S. 1827, the bipartisan KIDS Act. I want the Senator to oppose the House-passed funding bill, HR 3922 and ensure that Congress does not extend CHIP and Community Health Centers by taking money away from the ACA and weakening Medicare or Medicaid, which will harm the American healthcare system.

If you have a personal story to relate to this issue, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!


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 –
Senator Cory Booker – (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez –
State of NJ reps –
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
Study up on the issues:
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