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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWhy Omar’s views are dangerous Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDem lawmakers call for FBI probe into Trump golf clubs' hiring of undocumented immigrants Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents Dem lawmaker to bring former Trump property undocumented worker to State of the Union 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 CoffmanTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Gardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator Gardner, Portman endorse Trump for 2020 MORE (Colo.), Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamIllinois New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses MORE (Ill.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales Overnight Energy: Court rules for Trump in environmental case over border wall | House bill would stop Alaska refuge drilling | Ads target Dems over Green New Deal 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 RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R-Wis.), who is now House Speaker.