Very late on Friday, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which seeks to overhaul the tax code but has provisions that could affect I/DD services. Today, Monday December 4, the bill is going back to the House for a final vote, since it is a different bill than the tax bill the House voted on (see differences between the bills), before going to the President for his signature so it becomes law. After the House votes on it there will be no more opportunities to stop the bill. We believe it is important to speak up about the importance of Medicaid to people with I/DD before the House votes on this legislation for the final time.

This may be the most important vote of the year with the most far-reaching impacts for every individual and every family in the country!

All of the House Democrats along with five NY House Republicans voted NO on the House Tax bill but we have no way of knowing how they will vote on the Senate version.

It is particularly important to call Republican House members and ask them to vote NO on the tax bill.

 

A short script you can use is:

“I am a constituent who cares deeply about issues affecting people with disabilities. If you do not already oppose the tax reform bill coming for a vote today, please do so because it has provisions that would harm services for people with disabilities. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

 

The following NY House Republicans voted NO on the House Tax bill:

  • Lee Zeldin (NY-1) – DC phone # – (202) 225-3826
  • Peter King (NY-2) – DC phone # – (202) 225 – 2279
  • Dan Donovan (NY- 11) – DC phone # – (202) 225 – 3371
  • John Faso (NY-19) – DC phone # – (202) 225 – 5614
  • Elise Stefanik (NY-21) – DC phone # – (202) 225 – 4611

 

The following NY House Republicans voted YES on the House Tax bill:

  • Claudia Tenney (NY-22) – DC phone # – (202) 225-3665
  • Tom Reed (NY-23) – DC phone # – (202) 225-3161
  • John Katko (NY-24) – DC phone # – (202) 225-3701
  • Chris Collins (NY-27) – DC phone # – (202) 225-5910

 

Please contact your NY House members TODAY to say that you cannot support the legislation in its current form because:

  • The changes proposed to the charitable tax deduction reduce the ability of nonprofit disability service providers to fund important services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
  • As the only other federal support for Medicaid long term services and supports, the House passed legislation removing the medical expense deduction could put significant strain on the Medicaid program that serves people with I/DD.
  • The changes to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) impact the ability of nonprofit providers and their associations to maintain limited but important revenues.
  • The changes to state and local taxes would have a negative impact on certain states that obtain significant funding from these taxes for services for people with I/DD.
  • The House legislation’s elimination of tax breaks on bond financing could significantly undermine the financing for affordable housing for people with I/DD.
  • The addition of $1.5 trillion to the national debt may be used to justify future cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security which are the main federal programs that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Click here to send an email directly to your U.S. Representative!

Please do not put this off – a full House vote is expected by this evening.

Given the short turnaround time before the vote, we highly encourage you to call your U.S. Representative.   If you do not know who your Representative is, call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and they will identify your member connect you directly to their office .

Tell them:

“I am a constituent who cares deeply about issues affecting people with disabilities. If you do not already oppose the tax reform bill coming for a vote today, please do so because it has provisions that would harm services for people with disabilities. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”