4/25 – War on the poor – Part 1 – Cutting their Lifeline…

Quote by Warrent Buffett, Sunday New York Times Op-ed.

Today, The Hill reported that the GOP is making a push to cut taxes on capital gains, as the richest amongst us apparently feel they left some money on the table after the tax-cut measure President Trump signed into law last year.

In the meantime, in one of the richest countries in the world, our legislators continue their war on our poorest citizens.

Cutting their Lifeline…

Ajit Pai’s FCC is poised to severely limit its Lifeline program, which provides a modest $9.25 monthly subsidy to lower-income people. The proposed rollback would rob hundreds of thousands of poor people of affordable phone and internet access and disproportionately impact people of color, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, as well as many in Puerto Rico and other disaster-stricken parts of America.

The FCC has ignored bipartisan objections from Senate and House leaders who have heard from concerned constituents that this plan would make it difficult for them to search for jobs, advance their education, meet their basic needs and stay informed.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan would also implement a budget cap on Lifeline — which would limit program participation or slash funding to fully eligible recipients and he’s hoping to impose a lifetime benefits cap that would cut off funding for the most vulnerable users, like elderly people and people with disabilities, by limiting the amount of time an individual can use the program.

Contact Pai:

  • Leave a message to Pai through the act.freepress website here.
  • Call and leave a message for him here: Toll-Free Voice: 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322), Toll-Free TTY:1-888-TELL FCC (835-5322
  • Email Mr. Pai directly  here, along with the other GOP members that side with him here and here.
  •  then let’s tell our MoCs to introduce/sponsor legislation to protect Lifeline.

Minimal Script to legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] and want [___] to do whatever is necessary to stop the FCC from cutting Lifeline benefits from our most vulnerable citizens.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553
Other Contactshttp://www.phoneyourrep.com


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