Action Alert! Urge Your Senators to Vote NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

November 17, 2017

Yesterday, on November 16, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Now, the Senate is finalizing their own version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation was recently voted through the Senate Finance Committee, clearing the way for a vote on the Senate floor after Thanksgiving.

These tax bills are extremely dangerous to the well-being of people with disabilities.

  • Tax cuts open the door for cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, and other services that benefit people with disabilities. While neither the House or Senate tax bill includes direct cuts to these services, cuts are expected to follow to offset the $1.5 trillion added to the deficit due to providing large tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Medicaid and other disability services were the target of intense cuts over the summer through the various Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bills proposed in the House and Senate. There is no doubt that these same services remain on the chopping block to help pay for the proposed tax cuts.
  • The Senate bill eliminates the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate. The individual mandate helps make health insurance affordable. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 13 million people would lose access to affordable coverage if the individual mandate were eliminated. Furthermore, insurance premiums would rise by 10%, which amounts to an increase of hundreds of dollars per year for nearly 7 million middle-income Americans and by over $1,000 per year for seniors, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).

The Senate is scheduled to vote on its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act the week after Thanksgiving.


We must stop this very harmful and unpopular legislation NOW!


Take Action

Contact your Senators and tell them to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act!


What to say:

  • Please vote NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Tax reform should not be rushed. People should have time to understand the legislation and how they will be affected.
  • Services that benefit people with disabilities and low-income Americans – such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income – are in danger of losing funding to help pay for these proposed tax cuts.
  • Eliminating the individual mandate will reduce access and increase costs for people with disabilities and all Americans.


Call your Senators

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Senator.


Meet with your Senators

You can arrange a meeting in Washington, DC or in your home state, depending on when Congress is in session. The Senate is planning to vote on their version of the tax bill after Thanksgiving. This provides an opportunity to meet with your Senators while they are in your home state over the holiday. Contacting Congress allows you to request a meeting with your Member of Congress. You can also check the Town Hall Project for congressional events in your area.


Email your Senators

Contacting Congress provides unique links to email your Senators directly.


Tweet your Senators

Twitter has become a powerful tool to communicate with elected officials directly. Find your Senators on Twitter and tell them to oppose these bills.

  • Senate Twitter Handles
  • The #TaxCutsAndJobsAct could force massive cuts that block grant #Medicaid and damage state programs for people with disabilities. No to #TCJA. #TaxOnDisability



Additional Resources



Action Alert! Urge Your Senators to Vote NO on the 2018 Senate Budget

October 17, 2017


This year’s budget process is very important because it is the first step in developing legislation that can be very harmful to people with disabilities. House and Senate Budgets set overall spending and revenue targets for the next 10 years. The real purpose of this year’s budgets is to set the stage for a massive tax cut bill by the end of the year.

The House recently passed its Budget; the Senate will be voting on its version this week. The Senate Budget allows for up to $1.5 trillion to be added to the deficit. If resulting tax cut legislation exceeds this amount, then any amount over that could come from cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and many other programs that are critical for people with disabilities. The Senate Budget assumes some $5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, as well as optimistic projections of economic growth, to make up for lost tax revenue. Learn more here.

While the tax cut legislation that would result from both chambers passing a joint Budget is still unknown, the tax plan framework released last month indicates that its benefits are heavily tilted towards wealthy individuals and corporations. If the House and Senate are able to pass a joint budget, it would allow for legislation that is easy to pass since it only needs a simple majority (51) in the Senate (using reconciliation).


Take Action

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the 2018 Budget Resolution this week. Call your Senators today.  Call the Capitol Switchboard number 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators.


What to Say:

  • I am a supporter of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
  • Please vote NO on the 2018 Senate Budget Resolution.
  • This budget starts the process for tax cuts that we cannot afford and that will go mainly to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.
  • It could also pave the way for cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, and other critical programs for people with disabilities to help pay for these tax cuts.
  • Tax reform should be done through the regular and bipartisan process, hearing from experts and all stakeholders, marking up in committees, and debating in the House and Senate.
  • Tax cuts should benefit all citizens and should not be made by cutting programs that support people with disabilities and other low income individuals in the community.


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This alert was developed from content provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).

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