- - -  THIS WEEK: DECEMBER 1, 2017  - - -

Hill Headlines

Tax Reform Plan Stalls in the Senate: After objections from multiple Republican Senators, the Senate did not hold its planned Thursday vote on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill would add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years, facilitate cuts to government programs such as Medicare and affordable housing assistance, and remove a provision of the Affordable Care Act that enables health insurance coverage for 13 million people. Americans making $75,000 or less - including approximately 70% of Muslim Americans - could see their taxes increase by 2027.

Legislative Updates


Expanding Surveillance Powers: The House Intelligence Committee is considering S. 2010, which reauthorizes the ability of government agencies to search communications between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals without a warrant, and expands the range of targets for surveillance.
02.pngReducing Long-Term Unemployment Act: H.R. 4470, introduced by Rep. Norton (D-DC-At Large) would incentivize employers to hire individuals who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer with a $5000 tax credit.
03.pngAllowing Concealed Carry Gun Permits Over State Lines: The House Judiciary Committee voted 19-11 to advance the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), which would allow concealed carry gun permit holders to carry firearms in other states even if those states have stricter permitting requirements.

04.pngDisaster Relief for Puerto Rico: Sen. Sanders (I-VT) introduced S. 2165, which would provide $146 billion in aid to Puerto Rico after its devastation by Hurricane Maria over two months ago.

Hill Events

#Faith4TaxJustice Advocacy

Poligon joined the Salvation Army, Bread for the World, and other faith-based organizations to meet with Sen. Corker (R-TN)’s office to discuss adjustments to the Republican tax reform plan, such as Sen. Corker’s ”trigger mechanism”, which would reduce the plan’s tax cuts by automatically raising taxes if economic growth does not generate as much revenue as expected.

Faithful Budget Briefing

A group of interfaith leaders presented their analysis of the Republican tax plan, emphasized the need to support social service programs provided by religious organizations, and outlined their framework for a budget and tax policy approach that upholds faith principles such as justice and caring for society’s disadvantaged populations.

Further Reading

What the Tax Bill Would Look Like for 25,000 Middle-Class Families | New York Times | November 28, 2017

We asked every senator for their reaction to Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets | PBS | November 29, 2017

Faith leaders write to Senate leadership opposing tax plan | The Hill | November 29, 2017

Hill Buzz

On the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families.” - Sen. McCain (R-AZ)

“This bill offers very little other than a holiday bonanza to multinational corporations and special interests.” - Sen. Wyden (D-OR)

On President Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweets:

“When the President tweets anti-Muslim conspiracy theories that incite hate and embolden bigotry, we all must speak out. This is not who we are as a country.” - Sen. Harris (D-CA)

“You don’t want to take a fringe group and elevate its content. I think it also is not the message we need to be sending right now when we need Muslim allies.” - Sen. Graham (R-SC)

Action Alert

Stop the Destructive Senate Tax Bill

There’s still time to make your voice heard in the debate over tax reform. Call your Senators TODAY to let them know how this plan would affect you and your community!

Poligon Education Fund is working tirelessly to 1) monitor and hold accountable all Congressional action taken on issues that deeply impact the lives of everyday Muslim Americans and 2) educate Muslim Americans on effective advocacy and Congressional engagement. We can continue this important work with your generous support. Please take time to make a contribution.

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