Rep. Julia Brownley:
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130
OTHER CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS:
Doug LaMalfa (CD-1) - (202) 225-3076
Tom McClintock (CD-4) - (202) 225-2511
Paul Cook (CD-8) - (202) 225-5861
Jeff Denham (CD-10) - (202) 225-4540
David Valadao (CD-21) - (202)-225-4695
Devin Nunes (CD-22) - (202) 225-2523
Kevin McCarthy (CD-23) - (202) 225-2915
Ed Royce (CD-39) - (202) 225-4111
Ken Calvert (CD-42) - (202) 225-1986
Mimi Walters (CD-45) - (202) 225-5611
Dana Rohrabacher (CD-48) - (202) 225-2415
Darrell Issa (CD-49) - (202) 225-3906
Duncan Hunter (CD-50) - (202) 225-5672
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the congressperson to vote against the tax cut bill today. It is a disaster for California's middle class, raising taxes for many of us. It seems designed to punish high-tax, progressive states like ours, which you should not support even if you are conservative. Meanwhile, the bill's special-interest boondoggles do not reflect our state's values. The congressperson's constituents are watching what he/she does very closely today. His/her career may depend on whether he/she votes with the people of this district, or with his/her high-value donors. Thank you!
The House version of the GOP "tax reform" bill was only introduced two weeks ago, but Republicans have set a vote for today, before leaving for Thanksgiving break. Despite numerous analyses that show the bill actually harming middle-class families in California and other high-tax, high-home-value states, only one California Republican has committed to voting against it: Orange County's Darrell Issa. Rep. Steve Knight, who represents Simi Valley, has not yet committed to it, but says he is leaning toward voting for it.
The 440-page bill, the "Tax Cut and Jobs Act," offers the biggest one-time cut in history to the tax rate for large corporations, dropping permanently from 35 percent to 20 percent. The wealthy also will do very well under the bill, with a phase-out of the estate tax by 2024 and an end to the Alternative Minimum Tax, which prevents the richest Americans from dodging a base level of liability. In all, the Tax Policy Center has predicted that half the benefits of the bill will go to the top 1 percent of earners by 2027.
Meanwhile, a large segment of the middle class and lower-income Americans will suffer. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that, after a few years of little or no change in the rates of most Americans, by 2023 only 40 percent of Americans will be paying less in taxes -- while 22 percent will pay more. That latter group will be heavily concentrated in states like California, New York and New Jersey, thanks to the bill's elimination of deductions for state and local tax payments and the new limits it places on deductions for mortgage interest and property tax payments.
The bill has changed dramatically over the last two weeks, as GOP leaders have sought to assuage concerns of members from more liberal states. Unlike the Senate version of the bill, which will be taken up after Thanksgiving, it does not eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Still, it contains numerous questionable elements, such as:
- Advancing Republicans' efforts to create "personhood" rights for fetuses, by defining an "unborn child" and making fetuses eligible for "529" college savings accounts. The definition reads, "An unborn child means a child in utero, and the term child in utero means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb."
- Ending the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and church leaders from endorsing or promoting candidates for office;
- Repealing tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles;
- Ending deductions for medical expenses;
- Ending deductions for payments to tax preparers;
- Ending deductions for moving expenses;
- Ending most tax benefits for college students and families -- eliminating deductions for student loan interest payments while forcing graduate students to pay taxes on the tuition waivers they receive for teaching or doing research;
- Ending deductions for theft, or loss of valuables.