Call Of The Day: Oppose Tax Cuts For The Rich

Now that the August recess is over, Congressional Republicans would like to shift their focus to tax reform.  But this tax "reform" is mostly just tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, with little to no benefit for the middle or working classes.

The Republican tax plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% (even though most corporations in the U.S. pay far less than that, due to tax incentives, credits, and exemptions).  It would also eliminate both the alternative minimum tax, which affects mainly well-off families, and the estate tax, which applies to only the wealthiest 0.2% of American households.

Republicans plan to use the budget reconciliation process – the same process they planned to use to repeal/replace the ACA – so these tax cuts must be budget neutral.  That means they must be paid for somehow, namely by cutting funding to programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

We must tell our Congressmen that we want them to work for bipartisan tax policies that will treat all Americans fairly, and not exempt the wealthiest taxpayers from paying their fair share.

WHO TO CALL:

Senators Kennedy and Cassidy; Representative Scalise OR Representative Richmond

Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)

Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE (504) 581-6190

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Scalise: 202-225-3015; Representative Richmond: 202-225-6636 

Reminders:  Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling today because I am opposed to any tax plan that cuts taxes for the richest Americans and reduces the tax rate for corporations, especially when these cuts will be paid for by cutting funding to social safety nets like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.  I expect the Congressman to work towards tax reform, not tax cuts, by following regular order, holding public committee hearings, and getting bipartisan input.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there. 

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.