Washington, D.C. — While Congress will vote on their reconciled tax bill as early as next week, local organizers and health care voters are keeping pressure on Senator Susan Collins to oppose a tax bill that threatens the health care of millions and raises taxes on 83 million middle-class families. After weeks of protests at her offices in Maine and Washington, health care advocates met with Senator Susan Collins yesterday to implore her to vote against a tax bill that takes health care away from 13 million people and cuts critical funding for Medicaid and Medicare.
Despite the loud public outcry against the bill and the untold harm it would do to her constituents, Senator Collins has not yet indicated whether she will vote for the reconciled bill — but calls on Senator Collins to oppose the tax bill have only grown louder. Videos from everyday citizens that were arrested in Collins’ offices — like Jim Betts and Tina Davidson — and health care activists like Ady Barkan show that constituents will continue to tell their stories to urge Collins’ to vote against this disastrous bill.
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Last week, Save My Care also began airing a new television ad that demands that she oppose the final version of the GOP tax scam to repeal health care and avoid being played by the GOP leadership.
Below is key press coverage of and content from the grassroots actions.
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Associated Press: Portland police arrest 9 protesting tax plan at Sen. Susan Collins’ office
Bangor Daily News: Collins ‘let the people of Maine down’ with her vote to pass tax bill, protesters say
Bangor Daily News: Protesters voice anger over tax bill outside Susan Collins’ Bangor home
Boston Globe: One last chance for Collins to reject bad GOP tax bill [Editorial]
Huffington Post: 84 Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest Against GOP Tax Bill
Kennebec Journal: Collins should drop support for tax bill [Editorial]
New York Times: Last-Ditch Effort to Sway Senator on Tax Bill Involves Personal Pleas
New York Times: Susan Collins and the Duping of the Centrists [Editorial]
Portland Press-Herald: Protesters arrested for staging sit-in at Sen. Collins’ Bangor office
Portland Press-Herald: Religious leaders arrested at Sen. Collins’ Portland office after sit-in to protest her vote on tax bill
Portland Press-Herald: Tax protest at Sen. Collins’ Biddeford office ends as police arrive
Portland Press Herald: Lots of reasons for Sen. Collins to drop support for tax reform bill [Editorial]
Shareblue: Sen. Collins locks office doors, refuses to answer to constituents on secret GOP tax scam
The Washington Post: Susan Collins is getting it wrong [Editorial]