Tuesday, November 21 - Phone Bank to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam / Tell Rauner to Speak Out Against Tax Bill / Call on Senators to Oppose Unqualified Judges

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: At-Home Phone Banking to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to Speak Out Against the Tax Bill

  • Action 3: Call On Senators to Oppose Unqualified Brett Talley for a Federal Judgeship

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to speak out against the GOP Tax Bill - Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

  • Action 3: Call on Senators to oppose unqualified Brett Talley for a federal judgeship

    • Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Action 1: Phone Bank at Home to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

The Trump Tax Scam is tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the rest of us. A new analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (think the Congressional Budget Office of tax) shows that the bill would mean everyone making less than $75,000 a year would, on average, see a tax INCREASE while corporations get permanent tax cuts. And now as if deep tax cuts to line the pockets of their billionaire donors at the expense of students and seniors weren’t enough, Senate Republicans want to leave 13 million people uninsured and raise your health care premiums, too.

This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and the time to take action is now.

The Senate could vote on a motion to proceed (the pre-vote vote) as soon as Monday, November 27 and bring the bill to a full floor vote as early as Thursday, November 30. This means we have to make a ton of noise between now and when the Senate comes back in session on November 27.

 Indivisible is bringing back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight so those from red states, blue states, and purple states alike can take action to stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in three target states: Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia. The calling tool will connect you to a constituent in a target state and give you a script to emphasize the devastating impact of this bill. Then, you’ll ask them to call their Senator on the spot.

This tool will help make the wave of constituent pressure we need to stop this bill once and for all. Sign up to make phone calls from your home today. The fight is urgent, so please join us!

Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to Speak Out Against the Tax Bill

The terrible tax bill, which includes a repeal of the individual mandate, would lead to “a significant increase in premiums, which would in turn substantially increase the number of uninsured Americans.” If the bill passes, 525,000 people in Illinois would lose health insurance coverage.

And that’s on top of the massive, permanent corporate tax cut the Republicans want to pay for by putting an expiration date on the parts Republicans say will help the middle class. If the bill passes, 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase. 

That means that, more than ever, the tax fight = the health care fight and the health care fight = the tax fight. We need governors around the country to stand up against this bill and protect their residents from the Trump Tax Scam.

Call on Governor Rauner to speak out against the bill today! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Script: Hello, I’m [name] calling from [zip code], and I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask the Governor to speak out against the GOP tax bill, which would cause 525,000 people in Illinois to lose health insurance coverage. The Senate bill also raises taxes on the middle class, meaning that 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase. The Governor must protect Illinois residents by speaking out out forcefully against this bill. Thank you.

Action 3: Call On Senators to Oppose Unqualified Brett Talley for a Federal Judgeship

Donald Trump's recent nominee for a lifetime judgeship on the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Brett Talley, is grossly unqualified. In an extremely rare decision, the American Bar Association unanimously rated him as “not qualified” for judgeship. Talley has been practicing for a mere 3 years and has yet to try a case. He has never so much as argued a motion in a federal court, and has only participated in one deposition in a federal district court in his entire career.

Moreover, he has a history of expressing extreme and offensive viewpoints. He has tweeted multiple times that Hillary Clinton should be jailed, and openly mocked the March for Science in April. Most appallingly, he used Sandy Hook to promote his pro-gun political agenda.

Trump's nomination of Talley to a lifetime judgeship is outrageous, and blatantly disregards the acceptable qualifications for federal judgeship. Unfortunately, the Senate Judiciary Committee did not wait for the ABA rating before voting favorably for Talley, and forwarded him to the Senate with an 11-9 approval. Talley lacks the requisite experience to be a federal judge and was clearly nominated for his extreme politics rather than his qualifications.

Call on our Senators to vote “no” and speak out against this dangerous nomination.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask Senator [Name] oppose the nomination of Brett Talley for federal judgeship in Alabama. Brett Talley lacks the necessary experience and is grossly unqualified to be a judge. He also expresses politically extreme viewpoints and believes in politics over laws. He is an outrageous choice for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.


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