Friday, November 17, 2017

ACTION: WE MUST STOP THE TAX SCAM IN THE SENATE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, November 17, 2017
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WE MUST STOP THE TAX SCAM IN THE SENATE
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#TrumpTaxScam
#ProtectOurCare
#NotOnePenny

Yesterday, the House voted for the GOP’s massive permanent tax giveaway to corporations and the super-rich. Their version triggers automatic Medicare cuts of $400 billion over next decade.

Senate’s version is even worse:
• Largest wealth transfer (from working people to ultra-wealthy) in American history when 400 richest Americans together already have more wealth than bottom 2/3
• Backdoor ACA repeal eliminating the “individual mandate” which kicks 13 million off insurance and sends system into death spiral
• Punishes blue states (like Oregon) by repealing state and local tax exemption
• Raises taxes (on average) of all income brackets under $75,000 by 2027
• Makes corporate tax cuts permanent, while crumbs given to rest of us cease after 2025

As we did with healthcare, we can stop Trump’s Tax Scam and save the ACA (again), by applying loud and continuous pressure, forcing Republicans to slow down.

So, get out your phone and call our Senators. Demand that they continue fighting with all available tools. Reach out to friends and family in red states. Support sit-ins across the country.

If we are silent, the bill will pass. Let’s make some noise. We must stop the Tax Scam in the Senate.

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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am outraged that the GOP is trying to repeal the ACA and raise taxes on 36 million American families—all to give money to billionaires and corporations. Please use all Senate procedural tools available—including withholding consent and the filibuster where possible—to ensure that the Tax Scam never becomes law. You helped save the ACA.  We are counting on you to save health care again. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them tell their Senators to vote no on the Trump Tax Scam.

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**ACTION 3: PUBLICIZE AND ATTEND INDIVISIBLE’S NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION**

Indivisible Group Leaders are planning sit-ins in Senators’ offices across the country. Pass this message on to friends and family in red states and urge them to get involved.

How to organize an event: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/tax-scam-day-of-action-sit-ins

How to find an event near you: http://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/search/

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE TAX SCAM NOW!

From Indivisible Oregon..

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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PREVENT MASSIVE AUTOMATIC PROGRAM CUTS:
STOP TAX SCAM NOW!
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#TrumpTaxScam
#WhenWeFightWeWin
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office dropped a bombshell about the Trump Tax Scam.
It turns out the tax bill’s $1.5 trillion tax cut would violate a legal statute called “PAYGO”. The result: if the tax bill passes, it would actually force $136 billion in spending cuts — devastating healthcare and cutting $25 billion from Medicare.
Here’s why:
• PAYGO requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to analyze how legislation will impact revenue and spending
• At year’s end, OMB must offset any deficit increase by cutting mandatory spending programs, including 4% of Medicare and some ACA spending (social security, Medicaid and safety-net programs exempt)
• Since these healthcare cuts won’t completely offset deficit, Congress will probably cut entitlement programs even more
If Democrats have to vote on whether or not to enforce the PAYGO statute, it puts them between a rock and a hard place – e.g., weighing cuts to Medicaid vs cuts to Medicare. We shouldn’t be arguing on the GOP terms. 
We need to reframe this debate and simply stop the tax scam now—in both chambers. Our MoCs must use all tools available to kill this legislation and educate colleagues about PAYGO’s ticking time bomb.
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling about PAYGO, the time bomb that’s hidden in the Trump Tax Scam, that will trigger automatic, across-the-board cuts to mandatory spending programs. I am asking the [Senator/Representative] to speak out about the impact of PAYGO and the tax scam. Please promise that you will use all tools at your disposal (FOR SENATORS: “including withholding consent and filibustering where possible”) to stop this destructive bill. Thank you."
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. It is very important to educate them so that they are able to educate their Members of Congress about the devastating implications of the PAYGO Statute. Help them call their Members of Congress.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE DESTRUCTIVE TAX BILL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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STOP THE GOP’S ALICE-IN-WONDERLAND TAX BILLS
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#TrumpTaxScam
#NotOnePenny
#WhenWeFightWeWin

The House and Senate GOP tax plans are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee where it matters most:

• tax cuts are skewed towards corporations, foreign taxpayers, and the wealthiest, whose share of the cuts grows over time
• the deficit skyrockets
• middle-income benefits (such as credits to offset the elimination of the personal exemption) disappear after 5 years while tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest continue
• income inequality is exacerbated
• cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will be next

Senator Merkley declared, “[T]his is a multi-trillion dollar heist of the American treasury to deliver those benefits to the very richest Americans." The GOP’s Alice-in-Wonderland “trickle-down” tax policy has always led to increased deficits and income inequality.

“I have a big income. If my income gets bigger, I’m not going to invest more. I'll just save more,” said Bob Crandall, American Airlines’ retired CEO, one of more than 400 millionaires who doesn’t want a tax cut. “…[A] tax cut is absurd… [They’re] saying we can’t afford to spend money, but we can afford to give rich people a huge tax break. This makes no sense.”

We can’t afford more GOP economic mismanagement. We must stop it.
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling about the GOP’s tax plan, which is rooted in the fantasy of trickle-down economics. This failed tax policy has led to ballooning deficits and increased income inequality in the past and will do so again. We cannot afford more GOP economic mismanagement that showers tax breaks on the wealthiest at the expense of investments in programs that benefit the rest of us. Please do everything in your power to stop this destructive bill. Thank you."

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them call their Members of Congress

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Monday, November 13, 2017

INCO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 11/13

CONGRATULATIONS!
We've made it through the year since Trump’s election - with determination, patriotism, and optimism. Joining forces with Indivisibles nationwide, we've stalled Trump's legislative agenda. As shown by last week's victories in Virginia, Washington state, and elsewhere, Indivisibles are inspiring new candidates and getting out the vote. 
 
INCO and the resistance need you more than ever.
Even if Trump leaves office tomorrow, there would still be Trumpism - and worse. Steve Bannon and Mike Pence have separate ideologies based on disruption, turmoil, and division - and they and their followers are still a threat to America and our democratic values. Trump’s departure won't end America’s problems.

With your help, INCO will continue to rally for truth and science, defend Dreamers, inform our communities, increase civic engagement and voting, and be good neighbors in our corner of the world. 
 
INCO is each of you, and your participation makes the difference.
Get active with INCO's Community Groups, Resistance School, Readers Group. Join an INCO’s Team: Events, Oppose Bigotry, Vote the Future. Share your ideas, energy, and imagination. Check the newsletter calendar every Monday or “Events” on our blog and in our Facebook group to find activities.

Transform your outrage into action.
Onward!

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan
INCO co-chairs
INCO's vigil after Charlottesville.
ACTION PRIORITIES
 www.indivisible.org
Contact your Members of Congress now.
How will they know what you want if you don't tell them?

STOP THE TAX SCAM! The House votes on the Trump Tax Scam THIS WEEK, so WE NEED TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. Neither the House or Senate bill offers much of a tax cut for middle-income Americans. Instead, both bills provide huge tax relief to corporations and wealthy people. Call scripts for House Democrats are hereand call scripts for your Republican representatives are here

PROTECT AMERICA'S TRADE, SAFETY, AND STANDING IN THE WORLD.  "America First" is increasingly "America Alone." The Washington Post presents an excellent overview of the global leadership vacuum being created by Trump. Details from Indivisible here.

PROTECT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Recent  indictments and other developments threaten Trump, his administration, and his family. Details here.

SUPPORT THE DREAMERS PLEDGEAt DREAMerPledge.org, we’re calling on every member of Congress to refuse to pass a budget that doesn’t include a clean DREAM Act. The sooner we ramp up the pressure, the faster we can win protection for 800,000 immigrant youth.
INCO VOTE THE FUTURE TEAM
Wednesday, November 15  •  6:30 pm
Seaside Library Board Room, 1131 Broadway

Everyone welcome! Work with us to make these happen:
  • A voter information booklet for all Clatsop County elections
  • Voter education • voter essay contest
  • Effective support of local progressive candidates and issues
  • National Popular Vote to guarantee the winner of the popular vote becomes US President
  • Every voter able to register and vote - and every vote to count in the US
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.

THIS WEEK
Tuesday, November 14 - Astoria INCO Community Group Meeting, 6 pm, Winekraft, foot of 11th on the Riverwalk, Astoria

Wednesday, November 15 - INCO Vote the Future Team, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.

Saturday, November 18 - Warrenton INCO Community Group meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton.

UPCOMING
Tuesday, December 5 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, Astoria; email catladyjoan@gmail.com for location and directions.

Wednesday, December 13 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria. This month's book is Dan Rather's What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. RSVP and get location and directions at cebeady@outlook.com.

Saturday, December 16 -  Warrenton INCO Community Group meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton
Share Info about the ACA
Deadline for enrolling is December 15.

Cheers to local Indivisibles who are passing out flyers about enrolling in the Affordable Care Act. No hard sell -- just "do you have health insurance?" or "here is how to sign up for the ACA"  or something friendly. The flyer gives the web site and phone numbers to start the process of getting covered.  Upper North Coast Community Group Indivisibles are posting posters at south county businesses.

Check out OregonHealthCare.gov for more information. Enter your zip code here to find local resources.. Here's one guide to enrollment. The Indivisible Toolkit for the ACA ishere. There is still a penalty for going without health coverage. 

Make copies of this color flyer or this black & white flyer to distribute.
SAVE THE DATE !
• Turn the Tide 2018 •

Gather with Indivisibles on Saturday, January 20 in Astoria.
Energize & strategize for 2018
 Community networks and engagement

Resources, opportunities, imagination
IN SOLIDARITY
Stamp out the lies about the GOP's proposed budget and tax plan. Scroll down here for clever graphics to post on social media.

New Yorker writer Masha Gessen, who immigrated from the Soviet Union as a teenager, assesses the year since the election and presents clear rules for resisting autocracy.  


Jen Hoffman suggests positive actions for "Americans of Conscience" in her weekly blog. No name-calling or yelling. 

 
Russia-Trump Probe and Robert Mueller 
The Mueller investigation gets closer to Trump. If Trump and GOP conservatives try to fire Mueller, check INCO's Facebook page and  email about INCO's response, most likely a rapid response rally in Astoria. 
INCO's Faces of Democracy
Ann spent decades as a traveling Episcopal priest in Wyoming, wrote a book of commentary about the Bible, and now has a blog.  Read more here.
"Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages."
-- George Washington
RESISTANCE READING 
Masha Gessen, who immigrated from the Soviet Union as a teenager, assesses the yearsince the election and presents clear rules for resisting autocracy, in this New Yorker article.  

Here are "Ten Great Things" to come out of the Trump presidency. Really. Scroll all the way down this Mother Jones article.

A brief online article with a video in The Atlantic describes "How America Lost Its Mind."  An interesting take on the American culture and personality - not just about politics. 
 
Send your suggestions for books, articles, and YouTubes to feature here to incoregon@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

 Get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.
 
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here and ask to join our closed Facebook group.

INCO is supported entirely by your donations! Donate here.
INCO Weekly Newsletter   November 13, 2017

ACTION: USE LEVERAGE TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND HEALTHCARE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, November 13, 2017
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DEMOCRATS: USE LEVERAGE TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND HEALTHCARE
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#SaveOurHealthCare
#NotOnePenny
#WhenWeFightWeWin
Only 14 working days in the House -- 15 in the Senate -- until midnight Dec. 8, when the federal government shuts down without new appropriations. Normally, we would lobby for a clean appropriations bill. Not this time. 
This appropriation bill gives Democrats a chance to fight for those who need our help. This time we want an appropriations bill that, at minimum:
• protects the Dreamers
• funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers
• guarantees health insurance subsidies that make plans affordable for ordinary people—and were stopped by Trump last month.
We are at this impasse because Republicans have been unable to govern--refusing support from Democrats and unwilling to ask for it. Now Republicans can’t pass any appropriations bill without 60 votes in the Senate. Democrats have a choice: negotiate inclusions that protect demonized immigrants, children and ordinary people in return for their essential votes …. or let this opportunity pass.
Democrats represent 53 percent of the American people. Tell our Senators to be tough negotiators, even if it means a government shutdown. They must stand up for ordinary people, demonized immigrants and vulnerable children.
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. The deadline for funding the government is fast approaching. Even if it means a government shutdown, you have my full support to hold out for an appropriations bill that 1) protects the Dreamers, 2) funds CHIP and Community Health Centers; 3) guarantees CSR payments. Please stand up for America and protect her citizens. Thank you”
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** ACTION 2: SHARE THIS ACTION ALERT ON SOCIAL MEDIA**
And encourage others by commenting on our Facebook page.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
** Remember, after you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Friday, November 10, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE TRUMP TAX SCAM

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, November 10, 2017
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STOP THE TRUMP TAX SCAM: NO WINDFALL FOR TRUMP AND HIS CABINET AT OUR EXPENSE
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#TrumpTaxScam
#MakeTrumpPay
#NoWindfallForRich
#ReleaseTrumpTaxReturns

The Senate just released its tax cut plan. Although somewhat different from the House plan, it still gives the ultra-wealthy 1%—like Trump’s family and his Cabinet—undeserved tax breaks, for which we will all be paying well into the future.

The plan:
• repeals inheritance tax, paid only by richest 0.2%--worth up to $4 billion to Trump’s heirs, and would benefit half his Cabinet
• retains “step-up in basis” loophole, which allows tax-free inheritance of assets with untaxed capital gains
• repeals alternative minimum tax (AMT), designed to prevent rich from dodging taxes—without it in 2005, Trump’s tax rate would’ve gone from 25% to under 4% saving Trump $32 million
• taxes pass-through income from sole proprietorships/partnerships/real estate investments at 25% rather than at 39.6% applied to Trump and his cronies—annual savings of $23 million for Trump, $6-17 million for Jared Kushner, and $3-5 million for DeVos
• retains special loopholes for golf courses and for real estate developers, like Trump and Kushner

The American people do not support Trump’s Tax Scam and find his money-grubbing abhorrent. Our MoCs must work to defeat whatever version comes up for a vote.

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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(leaving a message counts too!)

SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Senators
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I am very worried about Trump’s Tax Plan, which provides a massive tax windfall for him, his family, and his Cabinet, at the expense of the rest of us. I want to thank the Senator for opposing this tax plan and implore him to do even more: to slow down the Trump Tax Scam by withholding unanimous consent and using any other procedural tools available. Please take down my information so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Blumenauer, Bonamici, and DeFazio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I am very worried about Trump’s Tax Plan, which provides a massive tax windfall for him, his family, and his Cabinet, at the expense of the rest of us. I want to like to thank the Congressperson for standing up against this tax plan. It is not enough, however, just to vote no. He/she must also actively work to slow down the Trump Tax Scam and expose it for the heartless bill it is. Please take down my info so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Schrader and Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I’m calling to let [Congressman] know that I strongly oppose the House tax bill, which provides a massive tax windfall for Trump, his family, and his Cabinet, at the expense of the rest of us. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the [Congressman] decides to do.

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**ACTION 2:  SEND THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Post this on Facebook or other social media.

Organize a calling team of like-minded friends to support one another through this campaign. Continue to show up at town halls with your friends. Go to Indivisible’s national plan for opposing Trump Tax Scam and find more ways to get your voice heard.  https://www.trumptaxscam.org/six-ways-the-trump-tax-scam-is-just-like-trumpcare-1/
 If we all make our voices heard together we will stop the #TrumpTaxScam

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO SLOWdOWN THE TRUMP TAX SCAM

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, November 9, 2017
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GOP TAX PLAN – “SIMPLE” IS NOT SIMPLE OR BETTER
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#TrumpTaxScam
#NotOnePenny
#WhenWeFightWeWin

The GOP claimed that their “tax reform” bill makes paying taxes so easy that “…9 out of 10 Americans can file using a postcard-style system…” Now they admit that won’t happen.

Millions of ordinary people will lose all or some critical tax benefits, including deductions or credits for:
• medical expenses -- especially important for those treated for infertility and the very sick and old with incomes under $75,000
• state and local taxes
• mortgage interest
• adoption
• student loan interest
• expenses for professional education
• moving expenses

The Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning tax credits would be eliminated. Even the small deduction for teachers who purchase classroom supplies would be axed! Since fewer people would be able to itemize, charitable giving is expected to fall by $13 billion annually.

The planned increase in the standard deduction (an increase which is offset by the elimination of the $4050 per person personal exemption) will not make up for the elimination of these popular tax benefits.

Taxpayers in higher tax states like Oregon will be especially hurt by this plan. Our Members of Congress must stop the Trump Tax Scam -- a huge give-away to the wealthiest.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(or leave a message after hours!)

SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Senators
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I am very concerned about the GOP tax plan, which will eliminate or limit many popular tax benefits helping millions of Americans. I’d like to thank the Senator for standing up against this tax plan. I’m asking him to do more: to actively work to slow down the Trump Tax Scam by withholding unanimous consent and using any other procedural tools available. Please take down my info so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for our Blumenauer, Bonamici, and DeFazio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I am very concerned about the GOP tax plan, which will eliminate or limit many popular tax benefits helping millions of Americans. I’d like to thank the Congressperson for standing up against this tax plan. But it’s not enough just to vote no, he/she needs to actively work to slow down the Trump Tax Scam and expose it for the scam it is. Please take down my info so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Schrader and Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I’m calling to let [Congressman] know that I strongly oppose the tax bill released by the House Republicans on November 2. This tax bill is a scam which will eliminate or limit many popular tax benefits helping millions of Americans. The planned increase in the standard deduction, which is offset by the loss of the personal exemption, will not make up for the loss of deductions for state and local taxes or medical expenses for long-term health care, among many others.  Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the [Congressman] decides to do.

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them call their Members of Congress

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,  
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,

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