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AFS Advocacy Alert: Contact Your US Representatives and Senators NOW

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
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Below you will find a message from the National Humanities Alliance, the advocacy organization for the humanities, encouraging citizen action against the provision in the US House of Representatives tax bill that would make graduate student tuition waivers or remissions taxable income. Please take a moment--and it will only take a moment--NOW to contact your Senators and Representatives by following the links in the NHA message.

Once the US House of Representatives and Senate have created a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate tax bills, it will become especially important for those of you who live in the states of those Senators and the districts of those Representatives to contact them directly to advocate that this provision of the House bill is removed from the final legislation.Working in concert with the NEA, we will be contacting AFS members from those states as soon as the conference committee membership is announced.

Thank you for your support and advocacy on this important matter.

From the National Humanities Alliance:

Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Given that the House passed its tax bill on November 16, the House and Senate will now nominate members for a conference committee to reconcile the two versions of the bill.

The House bill contains a provision that would make tuition waivers for graduate students subject to income tax, significantly increasing the tax liability of hundreds of thousands of graduate students. The Senate bill does not include that provision.

It is imperative that we urge the conferees to reject that House provision in the final bill.

Please click here to take action and encourage others to do so via social media. We have activated patch-thru calling in addition to automated email messages.

This is now a high-profile issue, with coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Vox. While we expect the conference committee to play an outsized role in the negotiations, it is important that as many legislators as possible hear from their constituents on this issue.

Conferees might be announced as early as today. Once they are, we will let you know who they are as soon as possible and reach out to our advocates in those key districts and states. Please stay tuned!

We will continue to keep you updated as the bill progresses. Thank you for your support.

Click here to call or write your Members of Congress now.

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