Tell Your Representative To Vote NO on H.R. 1

“It’s a debate about the future. Are we folks who care about leaving this country better for future generations? Or are we all about ‘party-time’ here, to make ourselves beloved by people not having to pay taxes but throwing kids under the bus down the road?”

–Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee Republican)

Action Alert from the Children’s Leadership Council

This week the House of Representatives is planning on passing a tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which gives tax cuts to people who don’t need them, eliminates important tax benefits for families with children, does little to nothing for low- and moderate-income families with children, and contains harmful anti-immigrant provisions. The bill will hurt children in two ways: (1) many families with children will lose income directly because of the tax proposal; and (2) the growing deficit opened up by unpaid-for tax cuts will be used to push for reductions in services children need in the years to come.  A similar bill was released late last week in the Senate.

  • H.R. 1 leaves out millions of children from any benefit at all, and actually reduces the incomes of million of families with children. An analysis using the conservative American Enterprise Institute’s tax model shows that in 2027, about 40 percent of families with children younger than 18 will face tax increases because of H.R. 1. In addition, roughly one million low-income immigrant children will lose the Child Tax Credit.
  • H.R. 1 sets up conditions to complete their plan, spelled out in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution, that set up the fast track process for the bill.  By adding about $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, the tax cuts will create more pressure to cut services such as Medicaid, SNAP, and education.

Thankfully, Representatives on both sides of the aisle- Republican and Democrats-have expressed concerns about H.R.1. Please join us in telling Congress to oppose H.R. 1 because it is bad for children and families.

Action:

Call your Representative using the message below. You can be connected to your Representative by calling: (202) 224-3121.

Message:

  • My name is (insert your name), and I am a constituent.  I am opposed H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • The tax plan is bad for children.  H.R. 1 cuts taxes for those that don’t need them, increases taxes on some families, does little to nothing for vulnerable children and families and contains harmful anti-immigrant provisions.
  • It will also drive up deficits, leading to cuts in programs that help children.
  • Congress should reject this bill and instead be advancing policies and programs that help all of our nation’s children, including investments in health, nutrition, child care, and education.
  • At a time when millions of children live in families struggling to make ends meet, I strongly urge my Representative to oppose H.R. 1.
  • Thank you.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, is a bill rapidly moving in Congress. It would add about $1.5 trillion dollars to the nation’s debt over the next decade alone, gives tax cuts to people who don’t need them, reduces tax benefits for many families, and does little to nothing for countless children and families. And right after working on this tax plan, members of Congress plan on cutting programs that help children and families.

The bill itself is full of harmful provisions that will result in some families with children actually paying more in taxes or severely limiting the benefits they will receive from the tax plan. The bill:

  • Leaves out 10 million low-moderate-income children from the expanded Child Tax Credit, and gives only a partial benefit to an additional 13 million children- often less than $200 per family.
  • Denies the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to children who do not have Social Security Numbers (SSNs), possibly impacting as many as 1 million children who are young immigrant DREAMers;
  • Denies the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), a refundable credit that makes higher education more affordable, to students who do not have Social Security Numbers (SSNs);
  • Eliminates the $250 deduction public school teachers claim after purchasing supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets; and
  • Eliminates many of the tax benefits that help families with children, including medical expense, student loan interest, various education benefits; and moving expenses.
  • The bill also severely limits the deduction for state and local taxes, which not only hurts some middle-income families, but also puts state and local funding for education and other services in jeopardy.

On top of the skewed benefits and the harmful provisions of the bill, elected officials in Congress who are pushing this tax plan have already publicly spoken about the next phase of their plan: legislation to reduce the growing deficit, worsened by these tax cuts, by cutting critical programs and services that help children. They are intent on using the growing deficit as the excuse next year to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in vital services in the areas of health care, nutrition, education and more. Please join us in telling Congress “no on H.R. 1.”

Call (202) 224-3121 today!