Hi, MoveOn member—
The Republican tax bill is out today, and—as Senator Bernie Sanders warned us earlier this week—it's morally obscene. We're gearing up to stop it—with all of the urgency and relentlessness that we've brought to the battle against the Affordable Care Act repeal.
Can you help MoveOn join with with Sen. Bernie Sanders, progressives in Congress, and the broader Resistance movement to defeat the just-released Republican tax giveaway to the billionaire class?
As Sen. Sanders says, this is the "fight of a lifetime," and one that we can win. You can read Sen. Sanders' message to MoveOn members from this weekend below.
–Justin, Emma, Sunjeev, Corinne, and the rest of the MoveOn team
Dear MoveOn member,
This summer, I went on the road with MoveOn to help defeat the Republican "health care" bill that would have thrown as many as 32 million Americans off of the health insurance that they currently have.
Now, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back at it. This time, they’re trying to push through one of the most horrific and destructive budget and tax proposals in the history of our country.
This budget would do incalculable harm to tens of millions of working families, women, kids, the sick, the elderly, and the poor.
It cuts Medicaid by more than $1 trillion over 10 years—which would throw some 15 million Americans off of their health insurance. Further, this budget does what the Republicans did not attempt in their previous health care legislation: It attacks senior citizens by proposing a $473 billion cut to Medicare. This Republican budget also makes enormous cuts to education, nutrition, affordable housing and transportation.
Meanwhile, while decimating life and death programs for working families, the Republican budget provides $1.9 trillion in tax breaks for the richest people in our country and the largest corporations. In fact, about 80 percent of the Republican tax breaks would go to the top 1 percent and 40 percent to the top 1/10 of 1 percent.
This Republican plan is not just unfair, it is morally obscene. Fighting against it is one of the most important battles that I have ever waged. But I won't be able to defeat this moral travesty alone. To defeat it, we need a movement as big and powerful as the one that defeated Trumpcare.
That’s why I’m asking you, Eddie: Can you help MoveOn build a movement to fight against the Republican tax giveaway to the billionaire class and save health care for tens of millions of Americans?
Wealth and income inequality is the great moral, economic, and political issue of our time. The wealthiest Americans—the top 1/10 of 1 percent—own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. Unbelievably, the GOP plan would make matters even worse.
Republicans want to eliminate the estate tax, which only applies to estates larger than $5.45 million. They want to massively reduce taxes for corporations. And they want to create an enormous loophole for businesses like Trump's. The New York Times estimates that Trump himself would get a $1.1 billion tax break from his own plan! How crazy is that!
We can stop this scheme—just like we stopped the series of attacks on health care—with grassroots energy, steadfast innovation, and total determination. MoveOn members like you, Eddie, can make the difference in defeating this awful proposal—just like you made the difference in the fight against Trumpcare. We need you, because this fight will require serious resources.
With your help, MoveOn can organize constituents across the country to make nonstop waves of phone calls, join rallies and protests, and raise their voices online in ways that Republican lawmakers won't be able to ignore.
Eddie, can you chip in $3 and join the fight?
Now is the time to demand tax reform that benefits working families and the middle class, not legislation that makes the very rich even richer.
This is the fight of a lifetime. As the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and as an American, I believe that I have a moral obligation to fight against this giveaway to the billionaire class that will come at the expense of everyday folks. And I honestly believe that with your help, we can prevail.
–Senator Bernie Sanders
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