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Group begins 'Nuns on the Bus' tour to protest Trump tax law ahead of midterms

Group begins 'Nuns on the Bus' tour to protest Trump tax law ahead of midterms
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A progressive group founded by Catholic sisters began its "Nuns on the Bus" tour on Monday to make the case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's tax law ahead of the midterm elections.

The bus tour began at an event in Santa Monica, Calif., that featured House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDemocrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Twitter users urge MSNBC's Steve Kornacki to donate his beat-up necktie to Smithsonian Democrats call for IRS to review tax-exempt status of NRA MORE (D-Calif.). During the event, Pelosi called the tax law a "scam" that largely helps the rich and said it points to the importance of elections.

"We have to make sure who we elect because who we elect matters," she said.

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Democrats and Republicans have been sparring over the tax law signed by President Trump at the end of 2017 heading into November's midterms.

Democrats argue that the law primarily helps wealthy individuals and corporations and will lead to cuts to the social safety net, while Republicans say the law is helping the economy and the middle class.

There are signs that Democrats' message on the tax law is resonating with voters. A poll last month commissioned by the Republican National Committee found that most voters think the measure helps the wealthy and corporations more than the middle class.

The bus tour, organized by Network lobby for Catholic Social Justice, is scheduled to make stops in a number of states and districts across the country with competitive House and Senate races — including the districts of GOP Reps. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanColorado governor says he was not exposed to COVID-19 after Aurora mayor tests positive Colorado mayor says he called protesters 'domestic terrorists' out of 'frustration' Colorado governor directs officials to reexamine death of Elijah McClain in police custody MORE (Colo.), Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamPostcards become unlikely tool in effort to oust Trump Bottom line Lobbying world MORE (Ill.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDivided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Down ballot races carry environmental implications | US officially exits Paris climate accord  Fitzpatrick wins reelection in Pennsylvania MORE (Pa.). It will end on Nov. 2 at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The tour is slated to include lobby visits and rallies at the offices of vulnerable GOP lawmakers as well as town halls and visits to social services organizations.

"We're on the road to work for tax justice," said Sister Simone Campbell, leader of Nuns on the Bus.

This is Network's sixth Nuns on the Bus tour. The first was held in 2012 to protest a budget proposal from Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition MORE (R-Wis.), who is now House Speaker.