Groups rally outside Ted Cruz's office to stand against tax bill

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 04:19:58 AM. Indivisible Houston along with Texas Organizing Project, Tax March Houston, Pantsuit Republic and Houston Handmaids, rallied outside Ted Cruz's office on Monday, Nov. 27, as part of a National Day of Action protesting the recent Senate tax bill. Republicans revealed the $1.5 trillion plan early November, which some groups say will produce a significant tax cut for corporations. Daniel Cohen,

Indivisible Houston along with Texas Organizing Project, Tax March Houston, Pantsuit Republic and Houston Handmaids, rallied outside Ted Cruz's office on Monday, Nov. 27, as part of a National Day of Action protesting the recent Senate tax bill.

Republicans revealed the $1.5 trillion plan early November, which some groups say will produce a significant tax cut for corporations.

Daniel Cohen, president of Indivisible Houston, said the organization and other supporters against the tax bill have been fighting for months.

"Once it looked certain that the House would pass the Tax Scam, there needed to be a concentrated effort to voice our opposition," Cohen said.

Cohen used the term "Tax Scam" to describe the bill that plays favor to business by providing the significant tax cut, which he added that the plan burdens students, teachers, homeowners and workers of all wages with a tax increase that are to come.

"This is a reverse Robin Hood that will steal from the poor and give to the rick," Cohen said.

He added that the organization believes this tax bill would build a bankroll for donors on the backs of poor kids and seniors.

The Senate bill would lower the current 35 percent tax rate for business down to 20 percent.

However, the "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" serves more than just a tax bill, it would also provide changes to health care and make changes to taxes at the state and local level.

Cohen said Cruz's staff allowed four of protesters to go into his office and discuss their concerns compared to John Cornyn's office, which he said allowed everyone who was out protesting the ability to sit and air their grievances.

"It's pretty ridiculous that the senator refuses to talk to us," Cohen said. "He even manipulated the facts to claim he has had town halls this year when he absolutely has not."

Organizing and consistently being present are what Cohen said hopes their effort can "kill this terrible tax plan and start over."

Cohen believes that economic growth and tax relief should be provided to the working class and middle class and not the top tenth of the top one percent of billionaires, millionaires and mega corporations.

"This plan gets rid of the mortgage deduction, the medical expense deduction, student loan interest deductions, teacher materials deductions and makes grad research stipends taxable," Cohen said.

Cohen highlighted many of the administration's policies and legislation produced since President Trump assumed his seat, but he calls this tax bill the worst that could come out of the administration.

"This White House has put forth some horrible policies, including the Muslim Ban and the attack on healthcare," Cohen said. "We're looking at a direct attack on working families, particularly seniors and kids."

President Trump ran on many platforms, one of which was promising major tax cuts, which Cohen said is what we are seeing and with this specific push to present before Christmas is what he called, "a big fat giftwrapped giveaway to corporations."

Cohen said Indivisible knows that the real impact will show come next November with constituents angry and plenty of grassroots activists putting in more work than usual, proves that many people want change.

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