Action Items for this Week: December 18 – December 22

WASHINGTON REPORT FOR 12/18/17

CALL TO ACTION

Now that we are so close to seeing meaningful tax reform passed and since the end of the year, please take the following actions early this week:

First, please call your two U.S. senators. Relay the following three messages:

1. Urge them to support an up-or-down vote on President Trump’s nominees.  During the Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush administrations, the Senate had confirmed almost two-thirds of their nominees. This Senate, however, hasn’t confirmed even half of President Trump’s qualified nominees. Senate Democrats have been abusing the Senate’s antiquated rules to delay President Trump’s nominations. Click through to see a list of qualified nominees. Ask your senators to stop this abuse and make sure the following these nominees receive a vote.

NOTE: One of the best ways to stop the deep state is to confirm the President’s nominees. If you are an activist concerned with the deep state and only take one action this week, please call your representatives to urge them to confirm President Trump’s nominees.

2. Support the final tax bill. Below are talking points to help guide your phone calls with congressional staff members. You can reach each office on the Hill by calling the Capitol switchboard operators at 202.224.3121.

3. Share your thoughts about the upcoming spending bill. At Tea Party Patriots, we have consistently stressed the long-term importance of spending reductions. Make sure your two U.S. Senators understand how important spending cuts and spending restraint are to our nation’s overall economic health.

Second, call U.S. representative. Relay the following two messages:

1. Support the final tax bill. Below are talking points to help guide your phone calls with congressional staff members. You can reach each office on the Hill by calling the Capitol switchboard operators at 202.224.3121.

2. Share your thoughts about the upcoming spending bill. At Tea Party Patriots, we have consistently stressed the long-term importance of spending reductions. Make sure your representative in Congress understands how important spending cuts and spending restraint are to our nation’s overall economic health.

Thank you for everything you have done to help us get tax reform passed in both chambers of Congress. We should all be very proud of this accomplishment.

SUGGESTED TWEETS

  •  #Taxreform is necessary to move America forward. #MAGA
  • .@[INSERT HANDLE FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR] America’s job creators need tax reform! #MAGA #tcot
  • Repeal #individualmandate in #taxreform! @POTUS
  • #Draintheswamp and send #taxreform! to @POTUS desk.
  • .@POTUS: It’s time to reform and simplify the tax code. #simplerflatterfairer
  • Americans want tax relief now! #tcot  #simplerflatterfairer
  • Thank you @POTUS for prioritizing tax reform! #MAGA  #simplerflatterfairer

TALKING POINTS ON TAX REFORM

  • The U.S. tax code is a complicated mess and a drain on the economy. The tax reform bill is an opportunity to reduce the tax code’s complexity.
  • Americans waste time and money preparing their taxes each year because our tax code is so complicated.
  • The tax bill sets the corporate rate at 21 percent.
  • The top individual tax rate is lowered to 37 percent.
  • The final bill includes seven tax brackets for individuals, but the rates are lower than in the current tax code.
  • The child tax credit is increased to $2,000, and the refundable amount rises to $1,400.
  • Charitable giving deductions are maintained, just as under the current law.
  • The mortgage interest deduction is retained, but the amount is lowered from $1 million for the principal borrowed amount to $750,000. (Current mortgages are grandfathered in.)
  • The final tax bill also allows taxpayers to choose to take up to $10,000 as a deduction for state and local income taxes, sale taxes, or property taxes.

List of key nominees:

  • Pat Pizzella for Deputy Secretary of Labor
  • Russ Vought for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Jim Bridenstine for Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Sam Brownback for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the Department of State
  • Ann Marie Buerkle for Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Paul Compton, Jr. for General Counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Brian Benczkowski for Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, at the Department of Justice
  • Scott Garrett for Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank
  • Carlos Muniz for General Counsel at the Department of Education
  • Yleem Poblete for Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance
  • Suzanne Tufts for Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Administration
  • Andrew Wheeler for Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Kathleen White to serve as a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality
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Last week at Tea Party Patriots

Congressman Thomas Massie spoke to our Tax Reform Coalition for an exclusive briefing regarding the current bill.

Brad Tangen had his letter to the editor published in The Daily Mining Gazette: Politicians same as pro wrestlers.

Here is a quick look at what’s in the final GOP tax bill

OTHER PETITIONS

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