On June 27, Senators Baucus and Hatch circulated a Dear Colleague letter to Members of the United States Senate asking them for their participation in tax reform. Members were informed that it is the Committee’s preference that the process start with a blank slate—eliminate all tax expenditures, both corporate and individual provisions. They were also told that to be re-included in the tax code a provision or proposal had to:
- help grow the economy,
- make the tax code fairer, or
- effectively promote other important policy objectives.
In response to this, Senators are now preparing letters that include their priorities for tax reform. These letters are due to the Finance Committee by July 26. In order for your Senators to be able to incorporate your ask into their letters, we need you to reach out to them by July 19. The Adoption Tax Credit Working Executive Committee has prepared and distributed a letter to Members of Congress and asked them to include the adoption tax credit on their list of priority measures. We need you to do the same.
We are calling on you today to ask you to:
- E-mail both of your Senators (you can adapt this template), asking them to demonstrate their support for the Adoption Tax Credit by: (1) including it in their list of priorities for tax reform and (2) co-sponsoring S. 1056. (You can find additional talking points in our letter. You can choose to send an automatic e-mail using a tool on the Resolve web site: https://secure2.convio.net/res/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=479. (Resolve is one of the executive committee members of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group.)
- Call your Senators and ask them to demonstrate their support for the Adoption Tax Credit by including it in their list of priorities for tax reform and cosponsoring S. 1056.
If you need to find your Senators’ contact information, go to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, or call the Capitol Operator at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. Once you’ve reached the office, ask to speak to the legislative assistant who handles adoption or tax issues. (Repeat this to speak to your second Senator.)
Please contact your Senators today!