[LDA Action Alert] Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Background: On November 16, the House of Representatives passed its version of a tax bill. Now the Senate is finalizing its own version.

Both bills are extremely damaging because they:

  • Increase the deficit significantly to provide tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
  • May trigger cuts in mandatory programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income – including also possibly eliminating the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant program – if there aren’t enough savings in required program cuts to offset the increased deficit.

The Senate bill is worse than the House bill in one significant way: It also repeals the “individual mandate” for people to have health care coverage. The individual mandate is a central part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which greatly benefits people with disabilities by eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions, banning annual and lifetime limits, prohibiting discrimination based on health status, and much more.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on its tax bill as soon as Thursday, November 30.
We must stop this very harmful and unpopular legislation NOW.

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Call your Senators TODAY: Call the Capitol Switchboard number 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators. (If you don’t know who your two Senators are, go to www.senate.gov to find out.)
  2. Ask for the staff person who handles Tax issues…or give this message to the receptionist who answers the phone:

“As a constituent and a (teacher/administrator, parent/family member, person with a learning disability, researcher, etc.) in (city/county, School District, university, etc.), I urge Senator ____ to VOTE NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act!

A complex tax reform bill like this one should not be rushed, so constituents and members of Congress have time to understand the impact on real people!

Cuts that might be necessary to pay for this bill – including possible cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as to other education, health, and job training programs – are harmful to people with learning disabilities.

PLEASE VOTE NO on the Senate tax bill!

Thank you.”

THANKS for being an LDA Advocate!

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