Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!

This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

Action 1:

Support Hanover Public Schools. 

The proposed House and Senate tax bills would lower the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT).  If taxpayers can’t write this expense off their federal taxes, it is going to be harder for localities to raise money to support public education and other local initiatives.  In addition while taking money from public schools, the Republican tax plan will give special breaks to private and religious school children, no matter how wealthy.  This has been called a back door voucher program.  The House bill eliminates the tax deduction for college student loan interest and taxes tuition waivers.  This is nothing short of a Republican war on education.  

Tell Congressman Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) that Hanover citizens are proud of its public schools and resent the Republican tax bill, which will take money from public schools. Wittman needs to oppose the expansion of 529 plans and support a full SALT deduction.

Also call Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, VA 10 (202-225-5136).  She is in a swing district in northern Virginia and may be vulnerable to pressure to vote no.  Then ask 5 friends to also  call Wittman and Comstock.

 

 

Action 2:

Fight the tax bill, again. 

Corporate leaders say that they will not be using their tax cuts to create new jobs, yet Republicans continue to peddle this myth.  Senator Marco Rubio said the true Republican intention is to cut corporate taxes, then as the deficit soars, claim that Social Security and Medicare must be cut.  Tell Congressman Wittman we will not fall for this scheme.  

Call Congressman Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) every day this week to demand that he not vote for any tax bill that raises the deficit by giving tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy and penalizes working families.  Demand no cuts to Social Security or Medicare, now or in the future.  

Action 3:

Protect the country from Trump. 

Congressman Wittman needs to accept responsibility for protecting the country from Trump’s impulsivity, instability and incapacity. It stands to reason that Trump’s mental and emotional state will deteriorate under the increased pressure of the criminal investigation of him and his family.  

Ask Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) to commit that if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller III that Wittman will move to impeach Trump.   Insist that Wittman support a full Congressional investigation of allegations that General Michael Flynn assured business associates that sanctions against Russia, including the sanctions President Obama leveled for Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, would be removed as soon an Trump became president.  Finally, ask Wittman to propose legislation that would limit the president’s authority for “first strike” use of nuclear weapons.  Demand that Congress codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 Congress needs to pass a funding bill by December 8th to keep the government from shutting down. Republicans need some Democratic support for this bill to have enough votes to pass, so Democrats leaders want to use this as leverage to get support for DACA and CHIP into the funding bill. Democrats are insisting that protections for individuals who were brought to this country as children (DACA) and funding of medical insurance for low-income children (CHIP) be included in the spending package.