As congressional Republicans celebrate their narrow passage of a tax overhaul bill that has the approval of only 33 percent of Americans, progressive leaders urged supporters to keep their anger over the legislation, called the #GOPTaxScam by critics, in mind as the country heads into 2018.
By approving this measure, said Indivisible in a statement, the Republicans have "demonstrated that they care not for their constituents, or for democratic institutions, or even for objective reality. They care only about power and the short-term enrichment of themselves and their wealthy donors."
"Our message to the GOP is simple," said Ezra Levin, co-founder of Indivisible, in a tweet. "We will replace you, and then we will repeal your god-awful legislation."
But even though the proposal, if fully enacted, will to lead to "pain and suffering" for years to come, said Levin, his group and others vowed to hold the Republicans accountable. "This is the GOP's Ghost of Christmas Future," he said. "They will be replaced, and their abominable legislation will be repealed."
"Our message to the GOP is simple: We will replace you, and then we will repeal your god-awful legislation."—Ezra Levin, Indivisible
"Americans won't forget," said Frank Clemente, executive director of AFT, in a statement. "They'll remember who swindled them to give tax breaks to billionaires and corporations that ship jobs offshore. They'll remember who is taking away healthcare from 13 million people while lowering taxes for Donald Trump and his heirs."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warned on her Twitter account that Republicans will face a "reckoning" as a result of their votes.
Sooner or later, a reckoning is coming. And I will promise you this: When it does, the politicians who lead this Congress & voted for this tax heist will be held accountable for turning their backs on the American people.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 20, 2017
Eight Republican senators are up for re-election in the coming year, while 239 Republicans in the House will have to convince voters that they deserve to retain their seats despite their support of a bill that tax policy analysts say will benefit corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes on working families.
Opponents of the bill say that support for the legislation will become even weaker as Americans experience its effects. The law will temporarily lower taxes on lower- and middle-class households, but judging from the bill's low approval ratings, few Americans seem convinced that those short-term cuts are worth supporting. By 2027 those cuts will expire, leaving 53 percent of households with higher tax bills.
Within a decade, according to Americans for Tax Fairness (AFT), 83 percent of the overhaul's benefits would go to the wealthy. The Congressional Budget Office has also said that the estimated $1.5 trillion deficit caused by the bill's tax cuts to the rich will trigger cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned in his final floor remarks just after midnight prior to the vote, the Republican Party—despite their celebrations and grandstanding—will ultimately "rue the day" they passed this bill.
On social media, critics rallied supporters in preparation for the coming election year.
For some of these Senators, we’ll get to take their seat next year. Some of them we have to wait a while. But to all the Senators who voted for the #GOPTaxScam, remember:
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
2018 (and 2020... and 2022...) is coming. 8/8
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) December 20, 2017
3rd thought: The fight’s not over. We now have two tasks:
-Define for the public precisely what this GOP congress just did.
— Ezra No Dream No Vote Levin (@ezralevin) December 20, 2017
51 Senate Republicans just voted for the largest raid on the poor and middle class to finance the biggest tax cut for corporations and the wealthy in history. Why? To pay off the GOP's donor class. What do we do about it? As the saying goes, throw the bums out.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 20, 2017
Other than the greed and corruption, Republicans bypassed our democratic process and therefore the voices of the people who elected them. Write down how you feel today folks. We must have a massive correction in November 2018. https://t.co/DcZf7BQhLA
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) December 20, 2017
Mad about the tax bill?
Commit to doing three things in 2018:
-Get involved with your local @IndivisibleTeam chapter
-Make your friends vote
It’s that simple.
— jordan yule log (@JordanUhl) December 20, 2017
Let me be clear, as I've said many times. A tax bill is just a freaking tax bill, IT IS MADE TO BE UNDONE. Let them pass it and it'll be THAT much easier to CRUSH them at the polls in 2018. And at that point, we'll UNDO the damage.
— Ale (@aliasvaughn) December 20, 2017