by Countable | 11.29.17
Good Wednesday, you engaged Countable folk, you. The House and Senate are in a full lather, working frantically to close-out the final legislative sprint of the year. Fewer than two weeks remain in their planned schedule — and there's still a whole lot to consider: tax reform, government funding, the debt ceiling, immigrants' status… It's a critical time to keep your eyes on Congress.
The FCC plans to roll back net neutrality rules — a change that has many 'netizens' up in arms. The vote is scheduled for mid-December, making today a critical moment to make your voice heard -- both to your Representatives in Congress, and to the FCC itself. Here's a roundup of the proposed changes, including a widget that puts you directly in touch with the FCC. And here's what people are saying about it. Let us know what you think!
The non-partisan sages in the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, have weighed-in on the Senate's tax cut plan, and it doesn't make things easier for GOP leaders. Here's the Office's conclusions: it estimates the plan would benefit higher-earning taxpayers more than lower-income households, and that it would increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years. That said, changes are afoot, with Republican leaders wheeling-and-dealing to gather the votes needed for the plan to pass the Senate. Tell your Reps what you think!
One of our partners here at Countable is the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit group dedicated to "harnessing the best ideas from both parties." BPC uses Countable's technology to inform it's members of the key issues, and putting people directly in touch with their representatives. As part of our new initiative, 'Partner Perspectives,' check out the group's approach on early childhood development, and how the government can make it a priority.
Let me say it one more time: now is a critical time to keep your eyes on Congress. It may seem strange, but often the biggest, most important movements in government happen just before a holiday break. I guess I'm not the only one who works best under the pressure of a hard deadline.
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Please do all you can to protect net neutrality. The government does not micromanage the internet they keep it a fair playing field. If we allow net neutrality to be lost then large corporations will completely control the internet and remove the competitive edge that allows small creators to utilize the online market.
Net neutrality is important to everyone that uses the internet. Yet it appears that Ajit Pai is set on destroying it with no regard to the opinions of the vast majority of Americans. Please add contact links to each of the FCC commissioners. If Pai won't listen, perhaps they will.
As your constituent, I want you to know that I am in favor of net neutrality, and I think it should be protected at all costs. I want Ajit Pai removed from his chairman position at the FCC.
I think that we, the vast majority of voting US citizens, have pretty much covered these topics. We want net neutrality protected in its current form with no changes to the governing rules that existed in 2016. We don’t like the Republican tax plan. I heard a Republican Congressman assert that they won and it’s their turn on the news. It wasn’t a report by an anchor but him speaking himself. These methods that are being used by the Republicans has been tried before and it doesn’t work. It just raises the deficit, doesn’t boost the economy but creates drag because someone is eventually going to have to pay for the deficit increases. Now do I believe that the President or the Republican Congress will change their decisions, No! They are not listening to the American people. They are listening to the corporations and 1% who fund their campaigns and believe that once these cuts both in taxes and to social programs are in effect they cannot be undone. As result of this belief their willing to ignore our protests because in the long run they have effectively shifted the burden of paying taxes to the poor and middle class. Their cut of the pie will continue to grow exponentially while everyone else sees their future Grote more and more bleak. Now is the time for a third party and we must remember the choices made by this President, his Administration and this Republican Congress when we vote in 2018 and 2020. We can undo what is being done but we must remember!
Please support Net Neutrality
Net neutrality MUST be maintained. I do NOT support allowing certain people or companies to control my access to information. Seriously, WHO would? And what’s next - selling off our access to oxygen?
We need to fight this tax bill. CEOs already stated that they would not create jobs or invest in new infrastructure. We need to contact Ajit.Pai.@Fcc.gov. 202.418.2000
I am strongly opposed to the GOP tax plan. I also want my congressmen and women to demand that we see the president's tax returns.
I oppose the FCC's proposal to roll back the core protections of Net Neutrality. These roll backs would allow internet service providers the option to block websites. I want the internet to be free and open allowing me to share and access without government interference.
Do not change the current net neutrality rules! You better start doing something before December 15th. I’m not voting for you if the new rules are implemented. I will vote for Democrats!!!
The Current Tax Bill may or may not pass. We will know by Friday December 3rd. Now, we have no control over what Congress will do but we have had experience with other Bills. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was to cure the anemic economy. It never happened! Remember President Obama’s words “Ready Shovel Projects”. The GDP during the 8 years of the Obama Administration was below 3 percent. Today, in the last quarter of President Trump the GDP was 3.3%. Give the man some credit. He is doing Great! MAG!
Preserve net neutrality and pass legislation to ensure it! Doing away with net neutrality would put the Internet service providers in the role of deciding first amendment free speech. They become the gate keepers of the information we can and cannot access. With public infrastructure such as the net, no corporation should be in the business of deciding who gets to speak or at what price they get to speak.
Vote NO ON net neutrality!
For everyone concerned about the proposed tax plan, go here: http://taxplancalculator.com Then come back and tell us again how these plans only benefit the "wealthy". And all you folks living in "high tax states"? Fix your state budget and stop expecting the rest of the country to carry the weight of your federal tax obligations simply because you elect fiscally irresponsible state level politicians.
Republicans; keep net neutrality fulfill your obligation to the American people!
Please do all that you can to protect net neutrality- I don’t know anyone who wants this except Comcast and Time Warner. Free and open communication makes this country great- not increased wealth for a few billionaires. I can’t believe I even have to worry about this stuff- it makes me sick. Please protect net neutrality!
The internet is not for sale!
I want you to vote no on tax bill and net neutrality
Net neutrality should be a no-brainer. The globe is on track to a culture of internet access as a basic right, and consumerism should not influence the content delivered.