Speak Out CNY & Other Activists Rally Against Bad Policies for Working CNY Families
AS VP PENCE & KATKO STAND TOGETHER, SPEAK OUT CENTRAL NEW YORK AND OTHER LOCAL ACTIVISTS RALLY AGAINST BAD POLICIES FOR WORKING CNY FAMILIES
300+ Advocates Protest Closed-Door Fundraiser on the Eve of
6-Month Anniversary of Republican TrumpTax Scam
SYRACUSE, NY– Speak Out Central New York and hundreds of local activists – including CNY Solidarity, Indivisible Syracuse, health care workers from 1199SEIU, among others – protested Congressman John Katko’s health care sabotage outside of his closed-door, big-dollar fundraiser headlined by Vice President Mike Pence at the Embassy Suites in Syracuse.
“It’s pretty obvious why the Vice President of the United States would come to Syracuse to help John Katko – who likes to say he is an independent voice in congress. Because six months ago he voted to raise our taxes and take away affordable health care when he passed the TrumpTax,” said Jessica Bumpus of Indivisible Syracuse. “John Katko’s loyalty to the Trump administration is being rewarded with two big dollar fundraisers in one week, while 600,000 Central New Yorkers are left wondering if the latest Republican health care sabotage will cost them their health insurance.”
Despite his repeated suggestion that he is independent from the policies of the Trump Administration, Congressman John Katko has voted with the Trump administration nearly 90 percent of the time.
The TrumpTax scam raises New Yorkers’ taxes by $2.4 billion next year and funnels more than 80 percent of its tax breaks to the richest one percent. Katko’s vote for the tax scam is also causing double-digit increases in the cost of health insurance, an average of $572 more for an individual plan. Now, the Trump Administration is using the repeal of the individual mandate in the TrumpTax bill to argue in court that all of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, which could lead to the entire law being struck down.
Today’s fundraiser comes just days after the Vice President and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised an astounding $3.2 million for Katko and other vulnerable Republicans in the House at a $30,000 per plate dinner at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.