OSJ Action Alert: November 29, 2017

Speak Out Against Harmful Provisions in the Tax Bill

The Senate is considering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which the House passed on Nov. 16. Some provisions in the bill are deeply troubling as people of faith committed to wise stewardship of God’s earth, justice for Indigenous communities, and valuing all human life.

The tax bill includes sizable cuts to tax credits for renewable energy and electric vehicles—provisions detrimental to the future of renewable energy and creation.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also includes a provision for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. But the Refuge is the home of the Gwich’in people, who have lived on the land for thousands of years. Their very existence hangs in a frail balance as the Porcupine Caribou Herd—their primary source of sustenance—will be under severe threat from oil drilling.

The tax bill also cuts Medicare by $25 billion, which will significantly affect rural hospitals and underserved clinics operating on thin margins. Additionally, a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate will leave millions of people without health insurance.

As people of faith, we are called to steward the earth wisely, which includes working for and supporting sustainable ways of living. In seeking to promote indigenous justice and recognize the inherent God-given dignity in each person, we must listen to the voices of the Gwich’in people and heed their fears that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will have unalterable effects on their communities. In loving our neighbors, we must speak up for those who will be deeply affected by cuts to health care.

Ask your senators to stand up for wise stewardship, Indigenous justice, and the sanctity of human life!