ACTION ALERT: U.S. Senate Expected to Vote on Tax Bill as Early as Thursday

Senate GOP Tax Bill Passes First Hurdle, Heads to Full Senate Likely Later This Week
On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee passed the Senate tax bill by a 12-11 vote along party lines. Now, the bill moves to the Senate floor for a vote as early as Thursday. If passed, Congress would be on track to sort out a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the tax legislation before the end of the year.
The Senate GOP tax plan would have devastating impacts for Ohio women and their families. The bill would:
  • Give massive tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations paid for largely by shifting away resources to low- and moderate-income individuals through cuts to critical programs and services helping women and their families;
  • Add at least $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit; 
  • Repeal the student loan interest deduction in the House version of the bill, which would increase the financial burden of student loan debt for college students.
  • Include a poorly crafted provision offering companies a small tax credit for providing employees with as little as two weeks of paid family and medical leave in the Senate version of the bill. Liberal and conservative researchers have stated that this kind of policy is untested and expensive, while unlikely to result in any real benefit. This is not the kind of paid leave policy that working women need, want, or deserve; and
  • Limit Child Tax Credits (CTC), including childcare provisions that fall short of providing real relief for low- and moderate-income families.
And to be clear, this tax bill is also a health bill. It dismantles a key component of the Affordable Care Act by removing the penalty fees associated with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) legal requirement to buy health insurance, effectively repealing the individual mandate. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 13 million fewer people would have health insurance by 2027 as a result.

For more on how the tax bill would impact health care, read a guest blog post from advocate and public health policy expert, Allison Russo. You can read the full post here.

The Senate GOP tax plan is bad for women and families. Join us in calling on Senator Rob Portman to vote against the tax bill. Take action:

1 Contact Senator Portman and urge him to vote ‘NO’ on the Senate tax bill. During your call, say “As your constituent, I urge you to vote no on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Email Senator Portman your message using this email contact form


Call his office using the contact information below:
Cincinnati (513) 684-3265
Cleveland (216) 522-7095
Columbus (614) 469-6774
Toledo (419) 259-3895
Washington D.C. (202) 224-3353

2 Get active on social media using the hashtag #TaxBill to tweet at Senator Portman and urge him to vote no on the legislation. Use our sample tweets below:

.@senrobportman The Senate #GOPTaxPlan is bad policy for Ohio women and their families. I urge  you to #VoteNo on the tax bill. #BadDealForWomen #TaxBill
.@senrobportman The Senate #GOPTaxPlan falls short of providing real relief for working women & their families. Please #VoteNo on the bill. #TaxBill