Committing to Opportunity For All

December 20, 2017 Will Coley

Insights from The Opportunity Agenda

Today Congressional leaders passed a deeply unfair tax cut plan that President Trump is expected to sign into law. Not only is it the result of a largely undemocratic secretive process, it is a betrayal of our nation’s values. We need a tax code that benefits all of us and helps our communities thrive, not tax breaks that mostly benefit a wealthy few. Republican lawmakers passed this law despite public outcry and analysis that shows its disastrous impact. Their tax plan favors the super-rich and large corporations. It raises taxes for millions of Americans and leaves 13 million more people uninsured. It adds $1.5 trillion to the U.S. debt.

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We know from the budget passed by Congressional leaders this fall that they plan to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other programs that are lifelines for millions of Americans. By dramatically increasing the deficit, the tax bill endangers vital programs that help people living in poverty maintain economic security for their families. House and Senate leadership are already proposing major cuts to human needs programs next month to help “pay for” the tax cuts for wealthy Americans. There are right and wrong ways to deal with the deficit. Cutting benefits that support basic living standards for millions of Americans is the wrong choice.

We need a tax code that benefits all of us and helps our communities thrive, not tax breaks that mostly benefit a wealthy few.

We need to work together to shore up and improve programs like Social Security, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) so that we all have a chance to live in economic stability. Seventy percent of Americans will rely on at least one means-tested assistance program at some point during their lives. These programs are time-tested and increase economic stability for families across the country. Additionally, Congress should get serious about raising the federal minimum wage so that more Americans can have the means to feed and support their families.

Call your Congressional representatives and demand that they protect programs for people living in poverty. Tel: (202) 224-3121

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