Protect Babies, Not Billionaires; Children, Not Corporations: There is Still Time.
We can still stop the unjust, immoral and extremely expensive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It rewards wealthy households and corporations at the expense of middle and low income children and families. It creates a nearly $1.5 trillion increase in the deficit that will result in deep cuts in Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, and other critical programs for children. In addition, the Senate bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and penalty, a provision likely to remain in the final bill, that leaves 13 million more children and adults uninsured in 2027 and many with higher insurance premiums. . A House/Senate Conference Committee has been named to reconcile differences between the Senate and House bills before it is voted on again.
The tax cut bill can’t be fixed but it still can be stopped. The House and Senate will probably vote on the final version of the bill (called a Conference Report) early next week. It then goes to the President for signature.
Urge your Representative to vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act when it is voted on again and get others to send the same message. We will keep you updated on timing. The tax cut bill harms children and their families and is a missed opportunity to invest in what our country’s children really need.
Tell Congress: Co-Sponsor and Support the Child Care for Working Families Act
Legislation was introduced in September – the Child Care for Working Families Act (S.1806/H.R. 3773) – in both the Senate and the House of Representatives that would ensure all families have access to safe, affordable and high-quality child care. The Children’s Defense Fund supports this bill and now we need you to add your voice in support and ask your members of Congress to support this important new legislation.
Protect Children, Not Guns
A child or teen dies from gun violence every 3 hours and 8 minutes in the United States, but this week the House of Representatives is voting on a bill that would weaken states’ abilities to protect their residents from gun violence. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would force each state to recognize every other state’s laws that allow individuals to carry concealed firearms, even when those states have far weaker standards on who can carry a concealed weapon. This bill would be a disaster for child and public safety and must be stopped. Urge your Representative to vote no on the dangerous Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 this week.
Share Your Story
How have you or someone you know been affected by child poverty, budget cuts to federal programs supporting poor and low-income families, or harsh school discipline policies or racial bias and ended up in the juvenile justice system? Use the power of your story to make a difference. Congress listens to stories, and if we would like to share yours, we will follow up to ask permission.