|Your weekly Indivisible to-dos:
- Raise the heat to stop the Tax Scam: Republicans from the House and Senate are negotiating a combined Tax Scam bill. When they finish, it comes back up for a vote in each chamber – and it will be close, again. Now is the time to say that we WILL NOT accept a handout to millionaires and billionaires. Put the pressure on with a Trump Tax Scam payout event — and don’t be afraid to get a bit creative when you do. Register your event here so people near you can find your event and show up.
- Protect DREAMers: For three months, Democrats said that they would use the leverage they would have on the December government spending bill (“CR”)to protect DREAMers. But just 8 Senate Democrats kept their word by voting against the CR. The rest voted to deport Dreamers. If you have a Democratic Senator, call to make sure they follow through on Dec. 22, the next opportunity they’ll have to fight with Dreamers.
- Get to know your government a bit better: Indivisible’s policy team is hosting a Policy 101 webinar this coming Thursday, December 14 at 8 PM Eastern to get everyone better acquainted with how Congress works and where we can make the most impact. RSVP for the Policy 101 webinar here.
Dear Indivisible Group Leaders,
The Trump Tax Scam is not a done deal. Republicans from the House and Senate passed different versions of the bill, meaning they’ll have to resolve the differences between the bills before sending it back to each chamber for another vote. That will take time, and every day of delay is a day we can use to pressure Members of Congress to vote NO on one of the worst pieces of legislation in modern history.
Right now GOP leaders from the House and Senate are working to reconcile the two versions of the bill in a Conference Committee. (Here’s a guide to what that means in practical terms.) There are enough differences between the two bills that they face real challenges in reaching a compromise that works for enough of their members in both houses.
On Friday, Republican members of the Conference Committee announced that it will take longer than expected to finish the next version of the bill. That’s a good sign: there are big differences between the bills that will be tough to resolve. Senate Republicans made so many mistakes in a midnight rush to get their bill through, that one of the primary tasks of their Conference Committee is to clean up serious problems with corporate tax provisions. See the whole state of play for the Tax Scam here.
This is the moment to keep the heat on Republicans. Throughout the fall, Indivisibles have been organizing events at local congressional offices to stop the tax scam. Those events worked: this bill is more unpopular than any other tax bill in history, and the final votes will be very close. Let’s keep doing what works.
Get the guide to organizing a Trump Tax Scam Payout event here, and register your event so that we can help you recruit and reach the press. If you’ve done an action before, don’t be afraid to get creative! Show the people and institutions at risk if the GOP plan moves forward and keep the pressure on.
Last night, both the House and Senate passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government open for another two weeks — without including a clean DREAM Act. Let us be clear: a vote for the CR was a vote to deport Dreamers — and plenty of Democrats in the Senate and House failed Dreamers. The House passed the CR 235-193, with 14 Democrats voting yes. Just two hours later, the Senate passed their CR 81-14, with 40 Democratic Senators voting in favor.
Democrats had real leverage in this fight, but just eight Senators kept their promises to DREAMers, held their ground, and voted no: Kamala Harris (CA), Mazie Hirono (HI), Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), and Bernie Sanders (VT).
As a result, in the next two weeks, 1,708 Dreamers will lose their protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive action that allowed them to apply for work permits and live without fear of deportation.
If you have Democratic members of Congress who voted for the CR (find the list here), demand that they make it right by voting against the next CR on Dec. 22. Here’s how to take action:
- Read our call scripts on dreamerpledge.org.
- Call 1-855-980-2355 and you’ll be connected with one of your Senators. Use our script to inform your conversation with the Senators’ staff. Call back again and you’ll be connected to your other Senator.
Also, The National Immigration Law Center put together this really helpful resource on tips for being a better ally in the fight for immigrants’ rights — it’s a good read for anyone planning DREAM actions.
Bonus: Indivisibles in Alabama are getting out the vote for Doug Jones this weekend in what is turning out to be a close, hard-fought Senate election that could have huge implications. Can you send them an encouragement tweet to let them know we’re cheering them on this weekend? Click here to send a tweet to Indivisibles in Alabama!
Facebook Live – Monday December 11 at 8:30 Eastern/5:30 Pacific
This week we’re focusing on stopping the Trump Tax Scam and planning for the next wave of action on the DREAM Act. Join Indivisible’s policy and organizing teams to talk about the state of play in Congress, and how YOU can use your constituent power to turn the tide this Monday at 8:30 Eastern, 5:30 Pacific, on Facebook Live.
Thursday: Get to know your government
When it comes to Congress, knowledge really IS power. Indivisible’s policy team is hosting a Policy 101 webinar this coming Thursday December 14 at 8 PM Eastern to get everyone better acquainted with how Congress works and where we can make the most impact.
What: Policy process 101: get to know your government better
When: Thursday, December 14 at 8pm ET/5pm PT
Who: Group Leaders and Indivisible Organizers
You can find all previous webinars at any time on IndivisibleHQ.org. If you haven’t already registered, just go to IndivisibleHQ.org, use the password WeStand1nd1v1s1ble to access the page, and then create your own login.
Trump Threat Level
Trump announced this week that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This was a reckless move that isolates the United States from allies, threatens chances for successful peace talks, and raises the risk of tension and violence in the region.
The Trump administration took two other steps this week that further isolated us from our allies and eroded international norms. The Pentagon changed its policy and decided to embrace cluster munitions, a weapons system that has been banned by the global community. The administration also pulled the United States out of a United Nations project to create more humane conditions for immigrants and refugees.
Click here to see our running list of all the ways Trump is putting us at risk.
The final weeks of 2017 stand to be just as harrowing as the rest of the year. We will see attacks from our opponents, and we will need to use tough talk to hold our allies in government accountable too.
It will feel hard — and so we wanted to remind you that there are thousands of others just like you having the same tough conversations, making the same kinds of plans, in every single state and district in America.
We’re still standing because we’re standing together, and that’s where our power lies.
The Indivisible Team
P.S. Finish Open Enrollment strong! Despite the Trump Administration’s sabotage, a record number of people are signing up for healthcare via Obamacare Open Enrollment this year. The deadline to get covered is December 15 – spread the word through our comprehensive site here.