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Yesterday, I spoke on the phone with a top elected official in Congress.

We talked strategy for stopping the #GOPTaxScam bill. This bill is moving fast. Here is what the person said. 1/x

#NotOnePenny #TrumpTaxScam
(I repped for @MoveOn. Was joined on the call with leaders from allied orgs. Here's what the elected official shared (with their permission)): 2/x
Now that the House has passed their #taxscam bill, we have no time to lose.

Senate is next, but we need to go all out on both Senate and House, can't pick one first. No time. 3/x
Republicans are working to get this bill through Congress as quickly as possible. 4/x
The elected official told me they had spoken to several Republican officeholders to ask them to do what is right for the country -- and not support this bill. 5/x
Those Republican officeholders expressed their misgivings about the bill, but they are under lots of pressure not to buck Republican leadership.

The internal party message is that failing to pass this could destroy the Republican party. 6/x
Republican leadership goal is:

1. House passage (done),
2. "Pre-conference" between House / Senate (not yet)
3. Senate passage (not yet)
4. House passage of Senate bill (not yet)
5. Trump signs into law. (hell no)

*** Note what is missing from this above list: a second Senate vote. 8/x
Normally, House + Senate pass their separate versions, "conference" on a compromise, and then pass the final compromise through both Houses again. Then President signs into law. 9/x
They are going to try to SKIP a second Senate vote by getting the two sides to compromise ahead of time -- maybe even this Thanksgiving week.

While Congress is out of session. 10/x
Then the House just passes exactly what Senate did -- and Trump signs. 11/x
This is the most extreme high-speed scenario. If Republican Senators and Reps can agree on a "pre-conference" compromise. It could happen. 12/x
Republican leaders are pushing this bill with such speed partly because they know it is unpopular. 13/x
But this #GOPTaxScam bill has angered a lot of people in America. And the more people find out about it, the angrier the pubic is going to get. 14/x
Time is not on Republicans' side.

Which is why we need to turn up the pressure. To. Slow. This. Down. 15/x
This #GOPTaxScam bill will hurt A LOT of people in its desperate attempt to give a massive tax cut to the super-wealthy and big corporations. 16/x
#GOPTaxScam punches a hole in the Affordable Care Act to come up with cash for tax cuts for the elite. Will raise health insurance costs on everyone. 17/x
Hurts veterans, student loan holders, many homeowners, people with disabilities, the list goes on and on. 18/x
This bill will RAISE taxes on families earning less than $75,000 by 2027 -- according to the official Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress.

That's crazy:…

Worth pausing and digesting:

Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would RAISE taxes on families earning less than 75K. How is this even possible? 20/x
So we have to move quickly. We have to put a lot of pressure on Congress.

Slow. This. Train. Down. 21/x
So more people find out about it, get angry, and take action. 22/x
How can you help? 23/x

1. Call your 2 Senators and 1 Rep in Congress. 202-224-3121

2. Ask your friends to do the same (and confirm that they did).

3. If you have Republican Members of Congress -- GO TO THEIR OFFICES. Ask to meet with their staff. Bring your friends.
ALSO: Join the @MoveOn Week of Action:

Hold an event. Or join one. In your community. 24/x
AND: Share share share every article you see about how bad this bill is. 25/x

Post on Facebook, Twitter, email. When you past the articles, ask your friends to call 202-224-3121 and say "I oppose this tax scam bill."

This google search can help:
The faster this #TrumpTaxScam bill moves through Congress -- the worse it's going to be for all of us.

But if we put enough pressure on -- we can slow it down. And then public anger will rise.

Lets get to work. 26/26

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Oct 6, 2017
Good morning.

I need to share a few things.

About a war.
Many don't know about.
That has killed a lot of people.
That we the U.S. are helping fight.
But Congress never voted on.

YEMEN. (And next week Congress will finally vote.)

Thread (1/x) (photo: Hani Mohammed/AP)
This war is bad. Do not look away. It's brutal.

A dictatorship -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman -- is bombing its next door neighbor -- Yemen. And not paying much attention to where those bombs land. (2/x)
Our own U.S. government has supplied bombs, cluster bombs, jet fuel, and intelligence to Saudi Arabia in its war.

When Saudi jets fly to Yemen to drop their bombs -- THEY GET REFUELED ON THE WAY BY THE U.S. AIR FORCE.

(And Congress never voted on this.) (3/x)
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