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 TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezFormer undocumented workers fired from Trump properties attend Biden campaign event House Democrats offer bill to expand the estate tax House Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment 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 CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE (Colo.), Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamHouse votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm MORE (Ill.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements House revives agenda after impeachment storm Former Pennsylvania Rep. Fitzpatrick dead at 56 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 Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Social security emerges as latest flash point in Biden-Sanders tussle Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party MORE (R-Wis.), who is now House Speaker.