Happy Wednesday, FAM! ❤️
Hope your week (politics aside) is going well! 😊
So, the tax plan passed the Senate this weekend – what’s next? Reconciliation Committee, to try to get the House and Senate version in alignment. Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi choose who will be on the committee, and it looks like the members are as follows:
Kevin Brady (R) Texas
Devin Nunes (R) California
Peter Roskam (R) Illinois
Diane Black (R) Tennessee
Kristi Noem (R) South Dakota
Rob Bishop (R) Utah
Don Young (R) Alaska
Greg Walden (R) Oregon
John Shimkus (R) Illinois
Richard Neal (D) Massachusetts
Sander Levin (D) Michigan
Lloyd Doggett (D) Texas
Raúl Grijalva (D) Arizona
Kathy Castor (D) Florida
Doing the simple math, you can probably guess how any vote will go…after committee, it goes back to the House and Senate for a final vote, before heading to 45.
But in the meantime, while the tax bill is in committee, Congress needs to pass an operating budget. The former deadline was December 8 – but they are voting on a December 22 extension. The two parties are at odds, with the GOP wanting to increase spending on defense, and the Dems wanting more money for DACA and the opioid crisis.
So, what are we doing this week?
1. Stay informed! As always, avoid the shiny/scary/embarrassing shit coming out of Washington and focus on the long-range.
2. Call your MoC and urge them to protect DACA as they discuss the government operating budget.
3. We may have a couple weeks before the tax plan goes to a vote (45 wants to give y’all a Christmas present, you know…🤮), but keep up the pressure. Call DAILY. We have that time to let your voices be heard. Log those calls! Please!
4. Join us a La Pita (on Newman, in Dearborn) THIS Saturday at 5 pm for another Shawarma Law Enforcement dinner. Annie and I will be there – we’d love to meet you! ❤️
Keep it up, FAM! Stay strong and move FORWARD! ❤️
Anne, Anne, and Jen❤️