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Urge Congress to Oppose a Tax Bill that Harms the Most Vulnerable

On December 2, 2017, the Senate voted in favor of tax legislation that represents a fundamental restructuring of the federal government’s priorities. Now, a conference committee of House and Senate members will work to reconcile the differences between their two bills, after which it must be voted on once again by both chambers – leaving one more opportunity to let your representatives know you oppose this dangerous legislation.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would limit the government’s ability to meet the needs of Americans nationwide and would make our tax code more regressive, threatening the programs and policies that help the most vulnerable Americans.

Urge Congress to oppose any tax overhaul that will hurt the most vulnerable in our communities and limit the government’s ability to fulfill its responsibility to all Americans.



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  • Background

    The tax reform bill being considered by Congress makes the tax code less progressive and is likely to widen already-significant economic inequality.

    Further, experts agree that the bill’s addition to the deficit will create pressure to reduce government spending, particularly on programs that help the most vulnerable. The 2018 budget resolution allows Congress to pass a tax bill that adds up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade without determining how to offset this revenue loss. This could directly threaten vital anti-poverty programs, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

    Based on the versions of tax legislation passed by the House and Senate, the final bill may include a number of other provisions which are a direct affront to our core values. This includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates would leave 13 million more without health care coverage by 2027. The legislation may allow for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a unique and ecologically vulnerable area. This drilling would take place in the calving grounds of the porcupine caribou, which are integral to the Gwich'in people's traditional way of life. Finally, the legislation could repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt entities (including houses of worship) from endorsing candidate or parties for elected office. This provision has safeguarded the integrity of both religious institutions and the political process by protecting the separation of church and state

    Jewish Values

    Tax reform should never endanger those who most need support from the government. Deuteronomy teaches that “when you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf in the field, do not turn back to get it; it shall go to the stranger, the orphan, and the widow,” informing our belief that the most vulnerable should also enjoy the bounty of God’s creation. Irresponsible tax cuts that severely strain essential government resources for vital anti-poverty programs should be rejected.

    More Information:

    You can email your elected officials through our form above, or you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to speak directly with their offices.

    For more information on this issue, visit the RAC’s blog or contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Susannah Cohen.