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🚨 🚨 Just months after giving $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, House Republicans just unveiled a radical Farm Bill that would dismantle the nation’s main source of nutrition assistance for struggling workers and families.

Here’s how.

The bill is a thinly disguised ploy to take food away from struggling workers and families in the name of “helping people work.” NEWS FLASH: Making someone hungrier won’t help them find work any faster. 2/x
Jobless workers are already subject to a harsh 3-month time limit on SNAP in most parts of the country unless they are working 20 hours a week. The bill would make these time limits even harsher in a whole slew of ways. 3/x
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Tonight, Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America.

Here’s why.

Millions of Americans are working 2+ jobs to get by.

Half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

But Trump’s plan for “economic mobility” is to take healthcare, food & housing away from struggling folks just months after giving huge tax cuts to millionaires.

Trump says his EO is about “welfare reform.” But let’s get one thing clear. WE DON’T HAVE WELFARE IN AMERICA ANYMORE. Congress eliminated it in 1996. What’s left of America’s tattered safety net is meager at best and so, so very far from enough to live on. Let’s take a look. 3/x
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Today, March 1st, a minimum-wage worker catches up to what she made in 2009--the last time Congress raised the poverty-level minimum wage (as my colleague @rwest817 shows in new @amprog analysis)…
In 2018, a worker earning $7.25/hr must work an extra 41 days—more than 2 additional months!—just to earn the same amount as she did in a single year when the federal minimum wage was last increased. 2/x
As a result, a full-time minimum-wage worker will lose a staggering $2,370 in purchasing power this year.

That's more than ***47 times*** the average tax cut she gets under the #TrumpTaxScam. 3/x
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Trump's Robin Hood in reverse budget would be devastating for nearly every community across the U.S.

Here are just a few ways the #TrumpBudget would hurt:

People with disabilities
Rural Americans
Communities of color
Older Americans
LGBTQ individuals

Women make up two-thirds of adults on Medicaid—which Trump calls for ending as we know it, leaving millions of women without health coverage. And he'd defund Planned Parenthood, cutting off access to family planning & well-woman care.


Trump’s deep Medicaid cuts jeopardize health care & vital services for 15M people w/disabilities. His budget also slashes #SocialSecurity disability benefits, housing for PWD--and even closes the Limb Loss Resource Center.

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The #TrumpBudget is more than numbers on a page. It lays out an agenda to strip away people’s rights and health care. #HandsOff

Here’s what the plan would do. [Thread]
Gut both the Affordable Care Act and the #Medicaid program — the insurance plan for one in five women of reproductive age. For these women, Medicaid makes the difference between access to basic care, like birth control — or doing without.
Threaten 2.4 million people’s access to birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
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Know how Social Security and Medicare are referred to as the “third rail” – because cutting them is understood to be political suicide?

Well, it turns out it’s not just Social Security & Medicare.

Follow along for details on a new poll the GOP should pay close attention to. 1/x
Trump and Congressional Republicans learned the hard way last year how immensely popular Medicaid is, when in many ways it saved the ACA.

New polling shows a whopping **80% of Americans** oppose cutting Medicaid.

And it’s not just Medicaid folks don’t want to see cut.

Americans overwhelmingly—and across party lines—oppose President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s proposals to slash nutrition assistance, affordable housing, disability benefits, energy assistance, and more.

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THREAD: Today Trump admin invited states to undermine Medicaid
& kick millions off coverage. Here’s a few ways to tell Trump/GOP so-called “work requirements” (aka cuts) aren’t really about helping people work OR stay healthy 1/
Ripping away health coverage doesn’t help people find jobs. It actually makes it harder to search for work:… 2/
As @rebeccavallas notes, Trump admin admits fed Medicaid funds can’t be used to address ppl’s barriers to work! 3/
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BREAKING: Trump has officially ended Medicaid as we know it, by allowing states to take health insurance away from people who can't find a job.

(Please RT to spread the word.) 1/
With the GOP unable so far to repeal the ACA and destroy Medicaid through legislation, Trump's decided he's done waiting for Congress. 2/
According to a letter to state Medicaid directors, states will now be allowed to strip most working-age people of Medicaid if they aren't working or participating in qualifying activities for a set number of hours per week. 3/
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LANGUAGE ALERT: Slashing Medicaid, Medicare, nutrition, housing, disability benefits, and more isn’t “welfare reform” any more giving huge tax cuts to billionaires and wealthy corporations is “tax reform.”

(Commence thread.)
1. For starters, the definition of “reform” is to make changes in order to *improve* something.

What Donald Trump and Speaker Ryan are calling for (to pay for tax cuts for billionaires and wealthy corporations) is huge cuts that will hobble essential programs.
2. Don’t take my word for it – just look at their budgets, which tell us exactly what they want to slash and how much.

For example:

☑️ $1.4 trillion in cuts to Medicaid
☑️ $197 billion in cuts to nutrition assistance
☑️ $72 billion in cuts to Social Security disability
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