Things on the tax scam fight and the Dream fight are changing quickly. But one thing remains constant: the Republican caucus is hanging together by a thread.
On the tax scam, Republican members in the House aren’t in agreement, even though they voted to go to conference last night. And, this past weekend, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said she may not be able to vote for the final tax bill.
On the Dreamer fight, the government will shut down this Friday, December 8 unless a “continuing resolution” (CR)(a bill which allows Congress to extend the current government funding levels to keep the government open temporarily) is passed. Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate and spending bills in the House have required Democratic votes to pass in recent years. This gives Democrats real leverage. We’re calling on Democrats to use their leverage to support Dreamers.
Things might be changing, but Indivisible’s to-dos this week are still the same: to make phone calls, and use your constituent pressure to fight both of these bills:
- Make calls as the tax scam heads to conference: call 1-855-980-2350 to be connected to our members of Congress. Let them know you appreciate their support and you hope they continue to oppose the tax scam.
- Ask Senator Markey to become a Dream Hero: Call 1-855-980-2355 and ask him to take the Dreamer Pledge.
In the middle of the night over the weekend, the Senate passed the most destructive tax bill in recent history that could raise taxes for over 80 million Americans, kick 13 million people off health care, and add nearly $2 trillion to the debt. The House voted to head into conference on the tax bill, where they will smooth out differences between their bill and the Senate’s. They will meet behind closed doors and attempt to finalize a bill before the holidays.
Republican members in the House aren’t in agreement, even though they voted to go to conference last night. And, this weekend, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said she may not be able to vote for the final tax bill. We have to do everything we can to stop it. It’s an uphill battle, but with enough backlash, we have a small fighting chance.
In September, President Trump announced his termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era executive action allowing Dreamers to obtain work permits and live without fear of deportation after passing a background check and paying an application fee. Every day that goes by is a day in which the lives of immigrant youth are at risk. And with the clock running out on 800,00 Dreamers’ protections under DACA, a vote for the continuing resolution without protections for immigrant youth is a vote to deport Dreamers. The continuing resolution holds many challenges, as the Freedom Caucus may refuse to go along with the rest of the Republicans.
Along with Senator Warren, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have all taken the Dreamer Pledge — a commitment to vote against the CR unless it contains protections for Dreamers. But we need more to answer our call and take the Dreamer Pledge.
As they’re working on both bills, negotiations will create more and more wedges between the Republicans.
Keep up the good work. It’s working.