Get in one more lick against a terrible tax bill

Along with President Trump, Senate Republicans—all but one—threw the middle class under the bus when they voted 51-49 to pass their tax scheme at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Both the bill passed by the Senate and the one passed by the House of Representatives give huge tax breaks to wealthy donors and corporations, at a time of record corporate profits, while sticking it to the middle class and working folks, whose wages have been stagnant for decades and who crave basic economic security for their families. Under this plan, 87 million middle-class families will pay more taxes, and generations of children will be hurt by its consequences.

Because the House and Senate passed different versions of this bill, we still have a chance to stop it before a final vote. There are already major divisions on things like the repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate, deductions on health care and mortgage interest, the educator expenses credit, the federal deficit, and how permanent these tax cuts would be.

Thank the members of Congress who stood up for the middle class, and send a message to those who put the wealthy few ahead of their constituents by supporting this tax bill.

The odious nature of this roughly 500-page bill is why Republican Senate leaders rammed it through as fast as they could without its final text published—parts of it handwritten—until minutes before the vote, without hearings, and without real debate. The old Republican cries against deficits, deficits, deficits are gone, as this bill will increase the deficit by more than $1.4 trillion; passage of this bill makes it clear that those in control of the Senate now only care about tax breaks for the rich.

The winners and losers under this bill are clear, and the lines are drawn. President Trump and 51 Senate Republicans have broken every populist promise they made to working folks, in order to serve the interests of donors and big corporations.

We have to stop this bill before it reaches President Trump’s desk. Write your members of Congress now.