As Congress plans their legislative goals for the year, we’ve heard certain elected leaders mention that they want to achieve “welfare reform” in 2018. While the term may sound harmless, in reality it acts as a vehicle for elected officials to strip benefits from those who rely on government programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid.
Congress’ vote to pass such an unconscionable and irresponsible tax bill is gravely disappointing, violating fundamental Quaker values of equality, stewardship and economic security... This will harm tens of millions of people throughout our country, while giving corporations and wealthy individuals excessive benefits.
Congress just passed a dangerous and regressive tax bill into law. This bill will slash taxes for corporations and the wealthy while increasing the budget deficit by more than $1.5 trillion. Now, congressional leaders have already set their sights on cutting programs that serve people in need to pay for their deficit-raising bill.
Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed its version of tax reform -- complete with a repeal of the individual health insurance mandate, giveaways to corporations and millionaires, changes that would hurt low- and moderate-income families, and handwritten amendments to a bill that no one had the time to read.
The Senate is voting this week on a tax bill that will cause enormous harm. We don’t have a lot of time to stop this massive bill – congressional leaders want it on the president’s desk as soon as possible.
Recording and resources that FCNL Legislative Director Amelia Kegan and Executive Secretary Diane Randall highlighted in their November 22 conference call on the tax reform bill speeding through Congress.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act threatens critical programs with deep cuts because the bill burdens our country with more than a trillion dollars of unnecessary debt. It is highly regressive, benefiting wealthy households and large corporations at the expense of everyone else. The fundamental framework of this bill is too flawed to fix. Yet, Congress is rushing this legislation through without deliberate or necessary examination of its consequences.