Tell Your Republican Senator: #NoJonesNoVote

Doug Jones was elected to represent Alabama in the US Senate on December 12, 2017—but he won’t be seated until early January. The people of Alabama deserve to have their duly elected Senator vote on the Tax Scam, not a lame duck Senator appointed by a Governor that resigned in disgrace.

Remember: this is a bill that repeals a key feature of the Affordable Care Act, leaving 13 million more people uninsured and spiking premiums an extra 10%. It gives huge tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations while RAISING taxes on 83 million families. And it adds $1 trillion to the deficit, which will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and more down the road.

The Tax Scam is currently being finalized by the “Conference Committee,” a group of members from the House and Senate that are resolving the differences between the House and Senate bills. Both the House and Senate have to take one more vote on the final version of the bill that the Conference Committee produces. Your Senator should refuse to cast a final vote on the Tax Scam “conference report” until Doug Jones is seated. Call them at 1-855-980-2350 today.

+ Sample Call Dialogue: All Republican Senators

Caller: Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I want [Senator] to refuse to take a final vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act until the new duly-elected Senator from Alabama is seated.

Staffer: Senator [___] is in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and thinks the American people can’t wait to reform our broken, complex tax code. There is no need to wait until the New Year to vote on it.

Caller: That’s terrible. The people of Alabama deserve to have their voices heard and be represented by the Senator they elected. Keep in mind that [Senator] helped Mitch McConnell keep a Supreme Court seat vacant so that “the people could decide.” Well, here the people have decided and their will should be respected. After Scott Brown was elected in a special election in Massachusetts, there were no further votes on the Affordable Care Act until he was seated. That’s the approach [Senator] should follow here.

Staffer: Thank you. I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do. He/she can do the right thing with his/her vote alone. I will be watching to see that he/she does.

+ Sample Call Dialogue: Florida (Senator Rubio)

Caller: Hello! My name is [___] and I live in [part of state]. I’m calling to let Senator Rubio know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill will cause tens of thousands of Floridians to lose their health insurance coverage, and doesn’t do a thing to help low- or middle-income families—even though it gives massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy.

Staffer: Senator Rubio is undecided on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He believes that the tax code is overly complicated and must be reformed, but he is concerned that the bill does not do enough to help working families—such as expand the Child Tax Credit and make it refundable.

Caller: The Republicans made their position on expanding the Child Tax Credit clear when they resoundingly voted it down during their late-night rush to finish the tax bill. Even if they make a minor concession to try to buy off Senator Rubio’s vote, this bill is a disaster for working families. It will drive up health insurance premiums, raise taxes on millions of Florida families, and lead to huge cuts down the line to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. If the Republicans refuse to expand the CTC and make it fully refundable, will Senator Rubio commit to voting “no” on this scam of a bill?

Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the Senator.

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do.