Update on H.R. 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act


Both the House and Senate have now passed their versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since the two bills are not identical, a conference committee* will be convened to reconcile the differences and produce one final bill. After a final bill has been negotiated, the legislation goes back to each chamber – House and Senate – for a vote on that bill. The last step is sending the bill to the president for his signature.
To learn about the major differences between the House and Senate proposed bills, click here
*This is one of many great resources that compares the two plans. We do not promote Cooley.

These bills are bad for low- and middle-income families. Between the two bills, they include cuts and changes such as eliminating the health care mandate in the Affordable Care Act (Act) and allowing families to use 529 college savings plans for private school tuition, and, in the Senate bill, costs associated with homeschooling. The House bill also attacks higher education, eliminating the deduction for student loan interest and reducing current college tax credits. Finally, both bills limit deductions for state and local taxes, key sources of funding for K-12 education, which could lead higher-tax states to cut taxes to reduce the burden.

More important, adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit will likely trigger cuts in entitlement programs, including Medicaid, which families and children and schools depend on.
You need to let your Senators and Representatives – both Republicans and Democrats – hear from you TODAY! This legislation is harmful!
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, THIS IS URGENT and the CALLS NEED TO HAPPEN sooner rather than later.  Calls are the most effective form of communication, as the Congressional offices keep track of calls.

Follow up with TWEETS, after making the calls, as TWEETS are easy, can be done in mass volume by people and get a lot of social media attention.

Call, rather than send an e-mail.  E-mails take too long, given the urgency of the situation.
Even if you assume your representative will vote in opposition, it is important to have many voices heard right now.
Your voice is important to let our representatives know what is needed for our community and all those LAUNCH serves.  Talking points may include:

  • America's health and human services professionals believe proposed tax cuts erode the foundations for strong communities and prove harmful to working and middle class families over the long term.
  • Changes to the tax code should support stronger families and communities who are the backbone of the American economy.
  • The cost of tax cuts is too high when it means cutting the foundational supports that build strong families and communities.
  • When you call our senators, and/or use social media, also consider addressing the following:  Ask the Senate to not repeal the Johnson amendment; to add a Universal Deduction so all citizens get the same tax benefits from charitable giving; and to reduce the amount of revenue lost to avoid spending cuts.

Contact Your Representatives Today:

Charles E. Schumer - (D-NY)
322 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
202) 224-6542 | www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck
Kirsten E. Gillibrand - (D-NY)
478 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4451 | www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me

John Katko - (R)
440 S. Warren St. #711, Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 423-5657 | https://katko.house.gov/contact/email