Deanne -- I'm angry, and I'm sure you're angry, too.
Congressional Republicans just passed their massive tax scam -- the worst piece of legislation in a generation -- despite its deep unpopularity. There's no way of sugar coating it: This law will have far-reaching negative consequences for families across the country and our environment.
It's an outrageous giveaway to the richest of the rich and corporate polluters at the expense of the rest of the country, and at the cost of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
But we're not giving up, we're fired up. On this bill alone, Sierra Club supporters like you sent tens of thousands of emails and made thousands of calls to key members of Congress. And we won't stop in 2018.
If you're angry about this bill, join me in pledging to continue the fight for progress in 2018. Together we can win. http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=998d7dec8d913cda4ba1b805e2a5a45f0a63113b0365623e3f56bba4ddc05f506d8ee202b162fac9917b882bfd25a0cf6bc6c555d2a9125c
Republican leaders rammed this disastrous legislation through at a breakneck pace, with no public hearings or input. There were late night, last minute changes and secretive backroom deals designed to give even more away to their corporate pals. Here are some of the worst parts of this bill:
- Opens the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, which could have a devastating impact on the Porcupine caribou herd and the Alaska Native tribes that rely on it for subsistence - Gives massive handouts to corporate polluters and other corporations - Balloons our deficit by about $1.4 trillion which will force funding cuts to public health and environmental programs in the months to come (1) - Repeals a key part of the Affordable Care Act, leaving 13 million people without healthcare in the next 10 years, increasing premiums, and creating uncertainty for many hardworking families (1) - Imposes a devastating excise tax on Puerto Rico, as if it wasn't part of the United States, that would kill job-creating industries on the hurricane-ravaged island while it's still recovering (2)
Sign our pledge today to continue to fight for all communities, our planet, and our future. http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=998d7dec8d913cda4ba1b805e2a5a45f0a63113b0365623e3f56bba4ddc05f506d8ee202b162fac9917b882bfd25a0cf6bc6c555d2a9125c
In the face of an uphill battle with a president, cabinet, and congressional leaders that are anti-science and pals of corporate polluters, we've done a lot of pushing back. At every turn, the Trump administration or Congress has tried to pull a fast one on us.
But we've been paying attention and have successfully pushed back, delayed, and even stopped some of the worst from being implemented. We're delaying their attempts at repealing the Clean Power Plan. We've protected the Affordable Care Act from a full repeal. We've rallied by the thousands to protect our public lands. We've exposed their racist travel ban, and so much more.
This year has been an amazing show of strength of the environmental and progressive movements -- thanks to you. We've shown our real power, and we'll continue into next year.
Join me in saying "I'm in" for continuing the fight for a cleaner, safer, and more just and equitable future for all. Sign the pledge. http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=998d7dec8d913cda4ba1b805e2a5a45f0a63113b0365623e3f56bba4ddc05f506d8ee202b162fac9917b882bfd25a0cf6bc6c555d2a9125c
Thanks for all you've done,
Michael Brune Executive Director Sierra Club
1 - "GOP, with tax bill finalized, makes its case to a skeptical public" http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=811d25c37f96b201d7ca8eb901b8340d745440eec763bd9b6c05d92b9592bd4f78a222b559c656b16b7d22dceafedf7b0f1fb246240576b9 Washington Post
2 - "The Final Republican Tax Bill Screws Over Puerto Rico" http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=811d25c37f96b2019bb3cab057826a5e6a8c44eba2368e81f30dc443251fb2bd83a3836d67ebdd307fbd66b6ec53a37cfa0ad0e47c65ef04 Mother Jones