PROTECT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL! STOP TRUMP’S TAX SCAM/ TRUMPCARE BILL!

Tax Scam Vigil 11_15 1

Notes:

Use Indivisible’s calling tool to call voters in key states with swing Republican Senators, and patch them through to their Senators to ask them to oppose the Tax Scam:
https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam/

Indivisible NJ 4th District in partnership with Indivisible Two Rivers, The Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative, and Allentown-Upper Freehold Indivisible invite you to attend our Meet the Candidate Nights series of discussions. For more info and to RSVP, https://indivisiblenj4.org/cd-4-democratic-candidate-night-series/

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 bill has moved to “to conference” where the Senate and House are merging their versions of the Tax Scam bills together. Legislative text of the conference bill is expected to be released Friday, followed by votes in both chambers next week. Congressman Smith has indicated 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.

Sources
https://www.trumptaxscam.org/what-now

Background 2
Special Prosecutor Mueller has quietly been continuing his investigation into the connections between the Trump campaign, the President, and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  However, the President has been using all means at his disposal to threaten the investigation and intimidate Mueller. There are now bipartisan bills introduced into the House and Senate to protect the investigation. The bills specify that only the Attorney General may authorize removal of the special prosecutor (or the next highest Justice Department official if the Attorney General has recused himself). It also lays out strict criteria for removal from office, such as misconduct, dereliction of duty, or incapacity.

Senators can co-sponsor legislation to protect against a Mueller firing: S. 1735 led by Senators Graham and Booker, and S. 1741 led by Senators Coons and Tillis. Representatives in the House can co-sponsor H.R. 3771, led by Representatives Jones and Conyers.

2a) 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 government ethics?

I am calling to ask Congressman Smith to cosponsor the bipartisan bill H.R. 3771, the Special Counsel Integrity Act. Special Prosecutor Mueller is attempting to investigate possible collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia to swing the 2016 election. However he is facing a constant threat of interference by the president, including dismissal, as happened with James Comey. This bill would protect him from being fired without evidence of wrongdoing. I feel it is of the utmost importance that the president be prevented from shutting down the investigation for reasons of self-interest. Congress has a duty to serve as a check on the president. Therefore, I would like the Congressman to cosponsor the bill, and speak publicly to tell the President that firing Mueller would be a red line he must not cross. Thank you.

2b)  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 government ethics?

For Menendez:  I’m calling because I want Congress to assert its power now to prevent Trump from firing Special Prosecutor Mueller. I want the Senator show his support for protecting Mueller and the investigation by cosponsoring either of the bipartisan bills which have been introduced to prevent a Mueller firing; S. 1735 or S. 1741. I feel it is of the utmost importance that the president be prevented from shutting down the investigation for reasons of self-interest. Congress has a duty to serve as a check on the president. Please ask the Senator to do everything in his power to pass this legislation, and speak publicly to tell the President that firing Mueller would be a red line he must not cross.

For Booker:  I’m calling because I want Congress to assert its power now to prevent Trump from firing Special Counsel Mueller. I appreciate that Senator Booker has sponsored S. 1735, legislation to protect against a Mueller firing. Please ask the Senator to do everything in his power to pass this legislation, and continue to speak publicly to tell the President that firing Mueller would be a red line he must not cross.

Sources for more information:
https://www.indivisible.org/resource/protecting-democracy-cant-fire-mueller/

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:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bh-wNrUSJgQHs7OfsOu7HMyNuCK4veyRsRH0IfibG6Q/edit?usp=sharing

www.IndivisibleGuide.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNJ4thDistrict/
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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