The editorial board of The New York Times on Wednesday urged readers to contact Senators to encourage them to oppose the Republican tax-reform bill.
The board temporarily took over the @nytopinion Twitter account “to urge the Senate to reject a tax bill that hurts the middle class & the nation’s fiscal health.”
This morning, the Times editorial board is tweeting here to urge the Senate to reject a tax bill that hurts the middle class & the nation's fiscal health. #thetaxbillhurts— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 29, 2017
The account has posted the phone numbers of Republican senators who have expressed concerns about the tax bill, as well as information about how the legislation would impact the national debt, Medicare and local tax deductions.
Contact @SenJohnMcCain and @JeffFlake, particularly if you live in Arizona, and tell them to oppose the tax bill: It would add more than $1.4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years without helping the middle class. #thetaxbillhurts— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 29, 2017
Flake: (202) 224-4521
McCain: (202) 224-2235 pic.twitter.com/PvXI1b3Xd4
Contact @SenatorCollins, (202) 224-2523, particularly if you live in Maine, and ask her to oppose the Senate tax bill because it would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate, driving up the cost of health insurance. #thetaxbillhurts pic.twitter.com/id69OJ4CPC— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 29, 2017
The account also referenced President Trump’s tweets from earlier Wednesday in which he shared unverified videos purporting to show violent acts by Muslims.
Don't let Trump's tweets of Islamophobic conspiracy theories distract you. Call your senator and tell him or her that #thetaxbillhurts. Find contact information here: https://t.co/j05FMu1Nlb pic.twitter.com/MU00e3mdLK— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 29, 2017
The string of tweets follows an editorial piece the board published Tuesday slamming the Republican tax bill, saying “Even by the collapsing standards of Congress this is astounding.”
The Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday voted to approve the tax bill, advancing it to the Senate floor. A procedural vote on the bill could happen Wednesday.