#TakeAction – May 10, 2019

Happy Friday! Let’s #TakeAction for Friday, May 10th, 2019!

🔶 Call Rep. Schrier to support H.Res.257, asking the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether President Trump should be impeached
🔶 Tell our MoCs we have zero tolerance for state-sanctioned child abuse
🔶 Oppose S.928, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019

1. (ACTION) Call Rep. Schrier and ask her to co-sponsor H.Res.257, which would call upon the House Judiciary Committee to inquire whether President Trump should be impeached.

Source: Indivisible call to action: https://act.indivisible.org/call/impeachment-resolution/

2. (ACTION) Saturday, April 7th marked the one-year anniversary of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy of family separation. Call Congresswoman Schrier and Senators Cantwell and Murray, ask them to do all they can to reunite separated families.

Background:
Saturday, April 7, marked the one-year anniversary of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy of family separation. Friday, April 6, in a court filing, the Trump administration asked the court for up to two years to reunite separated children with their families. Why so long? In the same court filing, the Trump administration admitted the real number of children separated under the controversial “Zero Tolerance” policy was MUCH higher than we previously thought.
Approximately 47,000 children were separated from their families between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018. The ACLU released a statement in response: “The administration refuses to treat the family separation crisis it created with urgency. We strongly oppose any plan that gives the government up to two years to find kids. The government swiftly gathered resources to tear families apart. It must do the same to fix the damage.” We agree. Two more years is not acceptable. Two years is an eternity in a child’s mind to be cut off from a parent. The irreparable harm being caused is undeniable. This must be a top priority.

Sources:
Axios: https://www.axios.com/migrant-children-family-separation…
CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/…/us-wants-2-years-to-id-migrant…
Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/…/trump-border-children…

3. (ACTION) The IRS wants to create an online tax preparation system that would compete with TurboTax and H&R Block. The Taxpayer First Act would prohibit this system. The House already passed its Taxpayer First bill (H.R.1957) on April 9th. Call Senators Murray & Cantwell, ask them to oppose S.928 in the Senate.

Background:
ProPublica’s Justin Elliott reported that the Taxpayer First Act, sponsored in the House by Democratic Rep. John Lewis (GA) and Republican Mike Kelly (PA), and in the Senate by Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), would prohibit the IRS from creating an online tax preparation system that would compete with TurboTax and H&R Block. As Elliott explains, this provision is a long-held priority of those tax preparers, who have spent massive sums of money ($6.6 million just last year) lobbying Congress to keep taxes complicated and prevent the IRS from simplifying the process. The IRS could prepare taxes automatically for the vast majority of Americans for whom it has all the required information. The bill, Elliott reports, would bar the IRS from the much more moderate step of creating and making available for free to all Americans software that competes with TurboTax.

Sources:
ProPublica: https://www.propublica.org/…/congress-is-about-to-ban…
Vox: https://www.vox.com/…/last-minute-tax-preparation-h-r…
Boston.com article: https://www.boston.com/…/elizabeth-warren-richard-neal…

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