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Issue 52.0: The tax bill.
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re:act is a weekly list of a few concrete things you can do to take action during the Trump presidency.

Today is an abridged edition. The idea is to give the tax bill the focus it deserves. You can share this edition on Twitter and on Facebook to get others involved. Let’s get to it:

1. Senate committee advances GOP tax bill, moving closer to floor vote

What’s happening: (CNBC)
“The Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday approved the Republican tax bill, a crucial procedural step toward a vote by the full chamber later this week. …Republican Senate leaders want to pass the plan later this week. As it holds 52 seats, the GOP can lose only two votes and still approve the bill under special budget rules, assuming all Democrats and independents oppose it.

What you can do:
✓ Call senators today. Here are three ways:

  1. Use TrumpTaxToolKit.org to see if you are represented by one of the 9 key Republican votes, and find accompanying contact information and shareable resources there. The pivotal senators are Moran (KS), Collins (ME), McCain (AZ), Murkowski (AK), Corker (TN), Flake (AZ), Daines (MT), Johnson (WI), Young (IN), Heller (NV).
  2. If not, use this 5calls.org tool and call both of your senators. Regardless of party, everyone should call both of their senators this week. Pressure is cumulative.
  3. Use Indivisible’s peer-to-peer dialing tool to call voters in key states who are represented by swing Republicans. These voters have fought for progressive causes in the past, and you can easily connect them to their senators office.

Use this tool to write to your senators today. A good topic to cover is the number of people who will receive a tax hike in your state.

Find an upcoming local action with MoveOn (or create your own). From today (November 29) through December 2, there are actions taking place nationwide.

Find and share resources from StopTrumpTaxCuts.org. On that link you’ll find a social media toolkit, infographics highlighting the worst features of the plan, fact sheets, and more.

Graduate students: there is a nationwide walkout on Thursday. The proposed tax bill is estimated to raise taxes on graduate students by nearly 400%.


Calls and in-person actions take priority this week. After we do what we can above, we can share resources and analyses of the plan. Our friends and neighbors need to hear how directly this will impact them.

✓ Read and share. 

  1. Poll: Majority of small businesses oppose GOP tax bill
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  2. Senators Scramble to Advance Tax Bill That Increasingly Rewards Wealthy
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  3. Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds 
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  4. Graduate Students Sound Alarm on Huge Increases Under GOP Tax Plan: ‘I Would Be Hopelessly Priced Out’ 
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  5. The GOP is trading 13 million people’s health care for corporate tax cuts
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2. Net Neutrality

Go to BattleforTheNet.com and use their simple, easy call tool that will connect you with your rep and provide you with a script. Congress can stop the FCC. 266,000+ calls have already been made. Protests are also taking place nationwide on December 7.

3. Doug Jones for U.S. Senate

Contribute to Doug Jones for U.S. Senate. (Click to tweet)

Sign up to volunteer with Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Share this Facebook post showing that Doug Jones has gone to over 140 events in the last six weeks, while Roy Moore hasn’t held a public event in 10 days. Regardless of Moore, Jones is a strong candidate on his own merits and is putting the work in to win.

So much else is going on, but feels like a good week to focus, so that’s it for now. Quick thank you to Ben Wikler for sharing some of these resources. And thank you for all you do. Let me know if I can be helpful at all. 

Now, to make some calls…

Best,
Derek

Editor's note: This list is not meant to be authoritative, exhaustive, or even expert. I'm just a guy letting you know some things I am doing every week.  I'd love for those with more legislative experience to recommend better levers to pull. I'd love for you to point out what I missed, because I will definitely miss things. 

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