I’m sure you’ve heard about the new tax bill that moved to the Senate floor today. If you’re like me, your eyes probably cross when you’re trying to understand the details of the bill, called “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” But even though taxes are complicated and seem boring, this bill, if passed, will have major impacts on American citizens.

What does this tax bill do?

What does all this even mean for you?

Because of the enormous corporate and high-income tax cuts, this bill would increase deficits by $1.4 trillion over the next decade. That money has to come from somewhere and, in this bill, it comes from programs, deductions, and services that many of us rely on. All in all, this bill is terrible for anyone who isn’t in the top 1 percent. Here are just a few examples of the programs and benefits that would be gutted.




Food, Housing, and more

This isn’t even a complete list of the negative impacts this tax bill would have on American citizens.

So, what can you do?

1. Call your Senators!

The Senate is planning to vote as soon as possible, so it’s time to call. This is especially important if you have a Republican Senator. Republican leadership is confident that they can vote this bill through without any support from Democrats. They have a majority, after all. However, some Republicans actually do care about their constituents, and won’t blindly vote along party line. And maybe if enough constituents complain, other Republicans will change their vote! (One can hope…)

2. Spread the word

There is a lot of misinformation out there. But the truth is: trickle-down economics does not boost economic growth. Tax cuts for the mega rich and for corporations only helps those people and businesses. They don’t spread their tax savings among the less fortunate of us. In fact, tax breaks for the very rich actually make the wealth gap bigger and bigger. When you hear this fallacy, correct it. Share the resources below. And tell your friends and family to call their Senators!

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