Sen. Dianne Feinstein
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Sen. Kamala Harris
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Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her to vote against the budget resolution that comes before the Senate today, and to continue speaking out against the Republicans' appalling plans to turn even more of this nation's wealth over to its richest citizens and biggest corporations via tax cuts. Republicans must not be allowed to enrich their wealthy donors even further while putting at risk Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that help working Americans. Thank you!
The White House and congressional Republicans recently commenced an effort to pass tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, unveiling a plan that would give 80 percent of its tax cuts to just the top one percent of households. On Thursday the Senate will vote on a budget resolution — the necessary first step toward fast-track passage of their plan. The House has already passed its version; if the Senate passes one on Thursday, a conference committee will be formed to create a final bill, which then must be approved by both chambers.
A budget resolution doesn’t have the force of law, but it does set out the Republican majority’s key budget goals. It also will establish the GOP's plan to use “reconciliation” to enact huge tax and spending cuts without the risk of a filibuster in the Senate -- requiring just 51 votes. The bill senators will vote on today could add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, because it focuses only on tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations ... but the version that already has passed the House aims to reduce that deficit by instructing budget-writing committees to find at least $203 billion in cuts over ten years. Those cuts could affect programs likefood stamps (SNAP), Pell Grants that help students afford college, Medicaid -- and, of course, the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP has been looking to eviscerate all year.
Republicans know that tax cuts for the wealthy are deeply unpopular, particularly if they result in tax increases for others, or cuts to key programs and services. The only way Republicans can pass tax cuts of this size is by hiding such trade-offs. Earlier this year, their ACA repeal plans would have cut taxes for the wealthy while ending access to health coverage for millions of Americans -- but our loud and sustained opposition played a crucial role in defeating their plans. We'll need to fight just as hard as Republicans move through this tax debate — and that effort starts now, with the budget resolution.