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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Two Things Everyone Can Do on the Tax Bill

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices on the #TaxScam

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices on the #TaxScam

Tomorrow will see the first - and perhaps only - public meeting of a conference committee on reconciling the House and Senate bills.

What's the latest on the push to shove these bills through before Christmas?

1. They remain as hasty, thoughtless, irresponsible, and mean as when crafted, says one CEO

2. While moderate Senators waiver, statements from the GOP leadership in Congress indicate a belief that they have a messaging issue rather than a policy one. 

3. Ironing out a reconciliation of the House and Senate bills has proved tricky -- a goal for a deal over the weekend passed without success. Many rank-and-file members have yet to see details of what's going on. The President will address the nation on Wednesday in an effort to move some legislators into acceptance -- putting his name to the bill in a public push. 

If the GOP can't pass the reconciled bills before Christmas, they may be in serious trouble. 

“Republicans have made a decision, which I can’t fault them for, that the longer this bill hangs out there, the more barnacles attach,” said Jonathan Traub, the former Republican staff director at the House Ways and Means Committee.

Two things everyone can do: 

1. Is your local group keeping up a steady drumbeat of Letters to the Editor? A letter every two or three days is needed to educate busy Americans about what's going on. Messages for local media don't need to be complex or fastidiously deep on facts, but do need to be constant and powerful. Citizens can speak from the heart, the pocketbook, and trans-partisan values. See, for example, a letter to the editor in the Daily Sentinel, this one in the Durango Herald, and this one in Steamboat Today. 

2. Get 10 friends together for lunch and call a reporter. It's been long enough since many communities last held actions that media can be interested again. Consider a holiday Grinch or similar theme. Make a strong ask to your community to spread the word and contact their representatives. 

Did you see our friends in Pueblo making a visit to their MOC offices? Go Pueblo!

 

Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

 

Stay Strong America.

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Mondays' D3 Daily Action: Tax Scam Moves Back to the House -- Educate Your Community!

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices last Monday. 

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices last Monday. 

Voters need to hear now, tomorrow, and next year about what's happened. 

Letters to the Editor, lunchtime actions for local press, and meetings with your newspaper editorial board are all powerful steps for now. 

The bad guys got their bill through. It's possible that the House and Senate won't even need to hold a reconciliation conference as commonly occurs for bills with significant differences, or that any such conference held will be mostly for show. 

Messages for local media don't need to be complex or fastidiously deep on facts, but do need to be constant and powerful. Citizens can speak from the heart, the pocketbook, and trans-partisan values. See, for example, a letter to the editor in today's Daily Sentinel, this one in the Durango Herald, and this one in Steamboat Today. 

In addition to small and efficiently-organized actions to win media coverage, submitting a letter to the editor every two or three days can provide sustained coverage through the holiday season, and ensure that family conversations into the new year are well-informed about the tax bill. 

Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

 

Stay Strong America.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Last Day for Senate Tax Bill Action -- Get Ready for Net Neutrality Next!

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

The Senate vote is upon us... 

...unless two key swing Senators draw a line.

If your friends, family, and fellow community members haven't yet called the key swing Senators listed below, get them to do it NOW! See the handy call script below. 

Senate GOP leadership aims to force a vote today. 

For Tax Bill info, read on below. 

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

Back to the Tax Bill (Senators' phone numbers and call script below)

This week, Trump appeared on Capitol Hill and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. Provisions like allowing megachurches to spend in elections, gutting the Affordable Care Act, and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. Yesterday, the New York Times blasted the bill in a new editorial

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Colorado is rising against the #TaxScam

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Pueblo, Durango, and the Western Slope are mobilizing. Are you?

A Final Votes comes Thursday or Friday. Call key swing Senators NOW.

Dozens of citizens stood up this week to make their opposition to the tax scam bill in the Senate heard loud and clear. They visited Members of Congress' offices, rallied, flooded local press with letters to the editor and news stories, and sparked friends and family across the Western Slope and Southern Colorado to fight back. 

This week, Trump appeared on Capitol Hill and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. Provisions like allowing megachurches to spend in elections, gutting the Affordable Care Act, and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. Yesterday, the New York Times blasted the bill in a new editorial

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Call to Stop the #TrumpTaxScam in the Senate

The Senate tax bill cleared committee today. A full vote comes this week. 

Call key Senators TODAY.

Trump appeared on Capitol Hill today and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. 

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: House votes today on the tax scam. Senate is next. 

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Step one. Call Scott Tipton this morning.

The House of Representatives looks set to vote today (Thursday) on the House bill.

In its current form, it continues to contain hidden sunset tax increases for middle class families and hidden sunset giveaways for the megarich. Its economic growth charade remains a hollow scam and future budget-buster. And the arguments that the GOP leadership in the House are putting forward remain bold-faced fibs, prompting one Washington Post title: "If the tax bill is so great, why does the GOP keep lying about it?"

Call Scott Tipton once more this morning and let him know he'd better be thinking about working class families, not his out of state megadonors, when he votes on the tax bill today. 

Alamosa               
719-587-5105

Durango      
970-259-1490

Grand Junction  
970-241-2499

Pueblo                
719-542-1073

Washington, DC
202-225-4761
 

Step two. Get ready for Senate deliberations.

The GOP has a big margin in the House to pass their bill. Senate Republicans, however, can little afford to lose votes if they hope to pass a version there and send it on to a reconciliation committee. 

One Republican Senator has come out against the current tax scam plans in both House and Senate. Others like Susan Collins and Bob Corker are skeptical. The Senate will vote the week after Thanksgiving. 

Our own Senator Cory Gardner cannot afford to alienate voters in Colorado before his 2020 election race. 

Get together with your team, your allies and your neighbors and start planning a local press event to educate your community about what's going on. Senator Gardner will be watching. 

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

What's in the House tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

- $1.5 trillion in deficit spending, positioning future forced cuts to our beleagured social safety net.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: Paul Ryan wants a vote on Thursday. 

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Groups across CD3 are working to beat back the #TrumpTaxScam.

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Indivisible Roaring Fork is taking this check on a regional #TrumpTaxScam tour!

What will be the theme in your area? Fat cat bankers? A naughty Christmas wish list for the 1%? 

The Trump-Ryan "once in a generation" tax giveaway for billionaires has cleared the House Ways and Means Committee, and GOP leadership in Congress hopes for a vote this Thursday or Friday. For more on what's in this Grinch-worthy bill, read on below or watch this video.

We've got til Thursday to get local press coverage in our communities! 

Need resources to throw together that emergency Wednesday rally, or supercharge any existing plans? Our D3 Organizing Kit is up and running! Sign up today to get your copy and receive key updates on developments with the bill in Congress. 

In other good news, the bill is polling poorly, with Americans opposing it by a 17% margin. People only support the bill when they think it treats everyone fairly. When they learn it overwhelming favors the rich, they oppose it by 90%. 

The D3 Organizing Kit includes:

-          Key Facts and Messaging Kit

-          Fast Response Organizing Checklist

-          Letters to Editor and Call Script Guides

-          Printable Postcard for Congressman Tipton

-          Latest Polling Numbers

-          Sample Event Email Blast

-          Sample Email Blast Image

-          Sample Facebook Image

-          Sample Event News Release for Press

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

Congress has unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote late this week. The resistance needs you now.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: We have 7 days before the earliest possible vote on the Trump Tax Scam. 

Sign Up To Be a D3 Defender Now

Groups across CD3 are working to beat back the #TrumpTaxScam.

Our D3 Organizing Kit is up and running! Sign up today to get your copy and receive key updates on developments with the bill in Congress. 

In other good news, the bill is polling poorly, with Americans opposing it by a 17% margin. People only support the bill when they think it treats everyone fairly. When they learn it overwhelming favors the rich, they oppose it by 90%. 

The D3 Organizing Kit includes:

-          Key Facts and Messaging Kit

-          Fast Response Organizing Checklist

-          Letters to Editor and Call Script Guides

-          Printable Postcard for Congressman Tipton

-          Latest Polling Numbers

-          Sample Event Email Blast

-          Sample Email Blast Image

-          Sample Facebook Image

-          Sample Event News Release for Press

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

On Thursday, Congress unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote the week of 11/13. The resistance needs you now.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: We have two weeks to stop the Trump Tax Scam. 

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This is the Main Event. 

We've beaten back the worst parts of Trump's legislative agenda so far.

Now with the Trump Tax Cuts unveiled, we're facing the greatest assault on our social contract and national wealth in a generation.

D3 Indivisible, in partnership with local Indivisible chapters and allies across Western and Southern Colorado, is organizing to stop this colossal theft in its tracks.

Click here or on the image below to sign up for our special D3 Defenders Action Team to receive timely updates on the tax bill, info on local actions, and cutting-edge organizing tips and techniques.

Read on for a summary of the tax bill and please share this email with others who can help us fight back. 

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A Colossal Theft is Coming.

On Thursday, Congress unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote in mid-November.The resistance needs you now.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Tell 5 friends what happened yesterday. A massive theft of American wealth is coming.

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What happened in Congress yesterday is appalling, and we might all be paying the price for a generation.

Our Medicaid and Medicare cut by $1.5 TRILLION. Another $1 TRILLION in future federal cuts that remain unspecified. $1.5 TRILLION added to the deficit. 

All to justify and enable a boondoggle tax rebate for the top 1% that we're told will trickle down to all of us paying for these cuts. The President has claimed that "the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan" -- a statement that FactCheck.org rated as patently false. 

Yesterday, Congress narrowly advanced Trump's budget and laid the ground for a coming tax overhaul, with 20 Republicans breaking to vote against it. Said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): House Republicans "were asked to vote for a budget that nobody believes in so that we have the chance to vote for a tax bill that nobody's read." For more on the arcane rules that the House set in motion to allow the Senate to pass this massive change with just 51 votes, read here

Tell Me More?

For the internal party politics driving this colossal betrayal of working families, read on here. For the long view, and good links to share on social media, on who has benefited from past tax cuts and who is likely to benefit now, read on here and here.

We are facing an appalling theft of wealth from our country and working people, and polling shows that many voters know it

For more on what the budget will do to Colorado, see yesterday's post

This could backfire in time to be stopped. But regular Americans need to stand up. 

Get on social media and get on the street. Write your newspaper. Ask friends if they've heard about what happened. Ask neighbors how they feel about the programs we pay for being eviscerated just to give billionaires another break. Help people ask questions, be curious, investigate more, and reflect on what's happening in our country. 

...and Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: CALL. Congress votes today on the Federal Budget Boondoggle.

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Now. Right Now. 

The House has scheduled a Thursday vote on the Trump Administration's federal budget. 

What would the budget do? And how does it relate to the plan to slash taxes for the very wealthy and raise them on the working poor? Read more below on the budget that has already passed out of the Senate. 

CALL CONGRESSMAN TIPTON ASAP and urge him to VOTE NO on this harmful boondoggle of a budget. And let him know how you feel on Facebook and Twitter

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073

What's in the Budget?

 
Here's how much Colorado families will suffer from the GOP's move to cut programs to pay for tax breaks for the most fortunate Americans and biggest corporations:

MEDICARE:
 
The Senate budget calls for nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.
In Colorado, 785,398  people who rely on Medicare are at risk.
Medicare beneficiaries make up 14 percent of Colorado's  total population, including:
Seniors: 86 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are seniors.
People with disabilities: 14 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado have a disability.
Women: 57 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are women.
Hispanic communities: 12 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are Hispanic.
Rural communities: Nearly one in four Medicare beneficiaries nationwide live in rural areas.
SOURCE:
KFF: Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries
KFF: Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race/Ethnicity
KFF: Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries by Eligibility Category
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission: Health care spending and the Medicare program
 
MEDICAID:
 
The Senate budget calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid – an even deeper cut than Republicans proposed in their health care repeal bills.
In Colorado 1,338,700 people who rely on Medicaid are at risk.
Medicaid beneficiaries make up 19 percent of Colorado's total population, including:
Adults: 1 in 7 nonelderly adults in Colorado.
Children: 2 in 5 children in Colorado.
Seniors: 3 in 5 nursing home residents in Colorado.
People with disabilities: 2 in 5 people with disabilities in Colorado.
Women: 52 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are women.
Hispanic communities: 33 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are Hispanic.
Black communities: 24 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are black.
Rural communities: Medicaid covers one in four nonelderly rural residents nationwide.
Veterans: 41,000 veterans in Colorado rely on Medicaid services.
SOURCE: KFF: Medicaid State Fact Sheets
 
NUTRITION & INCOME SECURITY PROGRAMS:
 
The Senate budget calls for deep cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and Social Security.
SNAP helps 476,000 of Colorado families and workers stay out of poverty and keep healthy food on the table.
74 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in families with children.
   48 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in working families.
25 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in families with members who are seniors or have a disability.
In 2016, SNAP benefits added $728 million to Colorado's economy, because families spend their SNAP benefits at local grocery stores and other retailers.
111,625 Coloradans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance, which workers pay into so they can support their families if they develop a severe disability.
SOURCE:
CBPP: SNAP State-by-State Fact Sheets
KFF: Total Disabled Social Security Disability Insurance
 
TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY:
 
By passing the Senate budget, Republicans have cleared the first hurdle in moving forward to a vote on a tax bill that has been written in secret and few have seen. If the Republican tax plan were to pass:
The richest one percent of Colorado residents would receive 60 percent of the state’s total tax cuts in 2018. These households are projected to earn at least $637,800 next year and would see an average tax cut of $86,480 in 2018.
In stark contrast, middle-class Coloradans would only receive 7 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. These households would only get an average tax cut of $510 in 2018.
Millionaires alone would get 45.5 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. Their average tax cut would be 334 times the tax cut middle class families would get.
17 percent of Colorado households would face a tax hike if the GOP tax plan was in effect in 2018.
  
CUTS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Nationwide, the Senate budget cuts close to $200 billion from services like Pell Grants and student loan assistance over the next decade.

Stay Strong America.

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D3 Daily Action

Saturday's D3 Daily Action

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a new message for Donald Trump just in time for Tax Day.

Participate in a Tax March near you to demand that Donald Trump release his taxes.

The Tax March demands transparency and fairness from our Commander-in-Chief. Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump told the American people he would release his tax returns. Despite intense public pressure, President Trump has not yet done so – breaking with 40 years of precedent in the process. His administration's excuse? "People don't care."

We do care. Without seeing his tax returns, we have no idea what he's hiding – shady business deals? Financial ties to foreign countries? Conflicts of interest? – or who his policies are really benefitting.

Today, marches will take place on Washington and in communities across the country to send a clear message to Donald Trump: You work for us, and we demand answers. - taxmarch.org

Tax Marches in Colorado's District 3:
Grand Junction
Gunnison
Pueblo
...and in Denver
Denver Tax Day March Could Put 10,000 People in the City - Denverite

Tax March: how a law professor sparked a global event to demand Trump's returns - The Guardian
Tax March to draw thousands to SF streets - SF Weekly

2 downtown marches Saturday: Black Lives Matter and calling on Trump to release tax returns - Seattle Times
New York’s tax day march protesting Trump’s refusal to release his returns - NY Daily News