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Protect Babies, Not Billionaires; Children, Not Corporations: Speak Up Now!


President Trump signed into law the harmful $1.5 trillion Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22nd. Those who voted yes turned their back on millions of poor children and other low and middle-income families to give the wealthiest households and powerful corporations instead $1.5 trillion in tax breaks over the next ten years. Leaders in Congress already are talking about cuts to Medicaid, SNAP, and housing, education and other programs (that they disparagingly refer to as “welfare” programs) to offset the $1.5 trilion dollars added to the deficit by the new law. Consider a few facts about the new law:

  • 83% of the tax cuts will go to the richest 1% of taxpayers by 2027, according to the Tax Policy Center. The tax cuts for these richest households beginning in 2018 will average $51,000 while the bottom 60 percent of tax payers will get about $1 a day.
  • 57% of all households making less than $200,000 a year will pay more in taxes beginning in 2027.
  • 13 million fewer American will be covered by health insurance and millions more will see their premiums increase, due to the new tax law’s elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and penalty. 
  • Millions of low income working families will receive only $75 or less a year from changes to the Child Tax Credit. An estimated one million hard working immigrant families will lose eligibility for the credit. But at the same time, the new law expands the credit to reach higher income families for the first time.

Speak up about this harmful new tax law! Don’t let Members of Congress pay for this harmful law and balance the budget on the backs of babies and children. You are not alone in this fight. Recent polls show more than half of those polled disapprove of the new tax plan and people have joined together to make their opposition known in Congressional districts across the country. Keep the pressure on. Catch them at home or when they return to Washington on January 3rd. Don’t let Congress harm children to help millionaires, billionaire and corporations!


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 in December the House of Representatives passed The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 that would weaken states’ abilities to protect their residents from gun violence. The bill 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. For example, if this law were to pass a person from Mississippi, which does not even require a permit to carry a concealed weapon, could travel with his weapon concealed to New York or California, both states that require applicants for concealed carry permits to first demonstrate good cause or justifiable need to carry the weapon This bill would be a disaster for child and public safety and must be stopped in the Senate. Tell your Senators that you oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. We will send an additional update if this dangerous legislation begins moving forward in the Senate. Continue your good work to Protect Children, Not Guns in your own communities too. 


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.