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Phone Script: Taking away health care to provide tax cuts is immoral

Relevant Policy Background: The ACA is fully paid for by a variety of mechanisms split between tax increases, fees imposed on providers and cost-savings generated by reforms to the healthcare delivery system. The single largest tax that funds the ACA is an expansion of the hospital insurance tax, used to fund Medicare which is part of the FICA that everyone pays on the first dollar of income. Before the ACA, the tax was a flat 1.45 percent on all earned income. Obamacare changed that in two ways, both of which made the tax much more progressive. First, the ACA added an additional bracket of 2.35 percent for all incomes over $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples). Second, the law also extended the tax to unearned investment and interest income. So, for all incomes over $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples), non-wage income was subject to a 3.5 percent surcharge. This is the first time in U.S. history unearned income has been subjected to a payroll tax. [1] ...
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​Oppose the Nomination of Pro-torture Lawyer to Top Transportation position

SummarySteven Bradbury is the nominee for General Counsel at the Department of Transportation. During his tenure with the Bush Administration, he infamously wrote three memos justifying the use of torture as an interrogation technique, a position which has since been rejected by Congress and the Supreme Court. Whether you care about transportation, civil rights, the environment, or something else, Bradbury will likely poised to make a decision on that issue. Contact your Senators to oppose Bradbury, whose lack of judgment and moral character are antithetical to everything we stand for.Steven Gill Bradbury has been nominated for the position of General Counsel at the Department of Transportation. The position is the Department's primary legal advisor and has final authority on any questions of law arising at the Department. Bradbury served in several top positions at the Department of Justice from 2004-2009, heading the Office of Legal Counsel during George W. Bush's second term.Duri...
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Roll up Your Sleeves and Get to Work with RISE Stronger

Hello RISE Stronger community! We are at an important stage in the growth of RISE Stronger. Our new website is up and running, and our tools like the People's Calendar and United States of Resistance map continue to improve. As our work evolves, we're discovering new ways to make our work more productive. Toward that end, we've decided to migrate the RISE Stronger Slack community to a messaging and project space called Basecamp. Basecamp offers significant advantages over Slack, including being much easier and more intuitive to use, as well as a better tool for project management, oversight and delivery. A number of RISE groups have already moved over or are in the process of changing, and we are finding it a very helpful and productive way to engage with each other on a range of projects.As an active Slack user, we'd like to invite you to join us as an active member of the RISE Stronger community! There are many ways to get involved in specific projects:1) First, make sure you h...
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Behind Closed Doors, the Senate is Trying to Pass TrumpCare - We Need Your Help

Republican senators are trying to pass the American Health Care Act—aka Trumpcare 2.0—before July 4th without a hearing.This bill will deny an estimated 23 million Americans healthcare, cut $834 million in Medicaid spending, give tax breaks to the wealthy, and increase healthcare costs for low income earners. We can call, we can write—but the most powerful message is showing up.10 Senators in 9 states have been identified. They are as follows:Senator Murkowski (Alaska): (202)-224-6665, Twitter @lisamurkowskiSenator Sullivan (Alaska): (202) 224-3004, Twitter @SenDanSullivanSenator Flake (Arizona): (202) 224-4521, Twitter @JeffFlakeSenator Gardner (Colorado): (202) 224-5941, Twitter @SenCoryGardnerSenator Cassidy (Louisiana): (202) 224-5824Senator Collins (Maine): (202) 224-2523, Twitter @SenatorCollinsSenator Heller (Nevada): (202) 224-6244Senator Portman (Ohio): (202) 224-3353, Twitter: @senrobportmanSenator Toomey (Pennsylvania): (202) 224-4254, Twitter @SenToomeySenator Moore Capi...
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Join the Resistance - Volunteer with RISE Stronger

Want to get more involved in the amazing work of RISE Stronger but wondering how? Here's a great place to start! We have incredible teams of volunteers working on bringing new tools and initiatives to the Resistance movement, and are specifically looking for help in the following areas.United States of Resistance Mapping Project – Research and Data Entry: Description: RISE is expanding its United States of Resistance into an interactive directory. Why? Because we want to reach out to all the amazing Resistance groups out there in the states, and give them a key resource: the ability to find one another and connect based on the issues they care about the most, and their location. We need help collecting data through internet research on as many groups as possible, starting from a list of groups we have already identified and would like to reach out to, in order to include them in our interactive directory.Required skills / experience: noneRequired time commitment: 2-5 hours per week...
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Urgent Call to Action - Congressional Review Act on State Savings Initiatives

Call your Senator and tell them to oppose HJRES 66/67 that seek to stop states from making retirement savings accounts available to small business employees. HJRES 66/67 would jeopardize state savings initiatives. Tell your Senator to vote no.Longer (Talking Points)Support DOL Rule on Work and SaveInnovative solutions to America's saving crisis are at risk.• A 2016 Department of Labor rule provides guidance on how states can enter into public-private partnerships to increase personal savings rates for small business employees. The rule is clear: Small business owners have no operational burden for these plans. Their only interaction with a Work and Save plan is to facilitate payroll deductions for these individual savings plans.• We urge Congress to vote no on a Congressional Review Act resolution – H.J. Res. 66/67 – to overturn the Department of Labor's rule giving states flexibility to help small business workers save for retirementMillions of Americans Don't Have Enough Saved for...
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Call Your Representatives to Protect the Privacy Rule for Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to strip you of privacy protection from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).Call to Action: The House may vote as soon as tomorrow upon the measure. We urge you to contact your member of Congress and ask them to vote No to weakening consumer privacy (S.J. 34). Find your Rep. Find your Senator.Last Thursday, March 23, the Senate voted along party lines to eliminate Obama-era privacy rules meant to protect you from invasive surveillance by ISPs like Comcast and Time-Warner. 50 Republicans (with two abstaining) voted against all 48 Democrats to kill the rules established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The vote was conducted using the Congressional Review Act, which has the power to nullify federal regulations and, furthermore, to prevent similar rules from ever being introduced again.The privacy rules had required that ISPs give consumers meaningful notice about privacy surveillance and the ability to opt int...
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Demand Full and Thorough Investigation by House Intelligence Committee

Rise Stronger calls upon the House Intelligence Committee to carry out a full and thorough investigation of: Russian interference in the election, and All ties between the Trump campaign and administration officials and the Russian government, security apparatus, and associated Russian organizations. House Intelligence Committee members must not accept anything less than complete and honest answers from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers about what they know about Russia's influence. The American people deserve the truth about the election and the true loyalties of the President and his staff members. Too many questions remain unanswered, and too many concerns have gone unaddressed. To the American people, let your representatives on the House Intelligence Committee know that you insist upon a full, fair and transparent investigation, and that the integrity of the American democracy and electoral system is at stake. Contact information for members of the House In...
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Meet the Republican Representatives Deciding the Fate of our Health Care

Meet the Nine Republican Representatives that will decide the fate of our Health Care. Our team has identified these US Representatives as possible swing votes. If you live in their district, please pick up the phone and make a call. The script is as simple as: "Hi, My name is ______. My address is _______. I urge Representative ________ to vote NO on the American Health Care Act. Thank you." Please also write Letters to the Editors of your local papers, post online, and find other ways to get the names of your Members out there. We want their names associated with this decision so they feel the spotlight. PA15 Rep. Charlie Dent | 202-225-6411 PA08 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick | 202-225-4276 NY24 Rep. John Katko | 202-225-3701 NY22 Rep. Claudia Tenney | 202-225-3665 NY02 Rep. Pete King | 202-225-7896 NY11 Rep. Dan Donovan | 202-225-3371 NV02 Rep. Mark Amodei | 202-225-6155 NJ03 Rep. Tom MacArthur | 202-225-4765 CA21 Rep. David Valadao | 202-225-4695...
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​Call to Action: Demand Your Senator Oppose Harmful "Regulatory Reform" Bills

Call to Action: Please call your U.S. Senators, especially Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2018. Find your Senator at WhoIsMyRepresentative.com Suggested Script: My name is _____________ and I am a constituent. I strongly oppose so-called "regulatory reform" bills that would effectively paralyze the EPA and other federal agencies from passing regulations to protect my health, safety and welfare. Koch Industries and other corporate interests support these bills because they would further delay a rulemaking process that already takes years to complete, and make it easier for special interest groups to block regulations in court before they take effect. Does Senator _____ intend to stand with other Democratic Senators in filibustering against these harmful bills? Background: Since the New Deal, Congress has entrusted federal agencies to write regulations to promote the public interest on subject matter considered too fluid or complex for ordinary legislation. For exa...
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