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Anti-tax reform marches planned on Saturday

tax reformA broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals will be demonstrating throughout the Sixth District to voice opposition to the Republican-led tax reform bill.

Waynesboro, Augusta County and Staunton residents will be holding a rally on Saturday at 11am at the Augusta County Courthouse in Staunton.

The purpose of the marches is to bring attention to the tax bills, which passed both the House and Senate without hearings. Members of Congress along with the general public have not been given the opportunity to understand all of the provisions of the bills and the major differences between the House and Senate versions.

Organizers of the Saturday march say they wish to highlight the following aspects of the Tax Bill:

  • The upward distribution of income from working people and the poor to further enrich wealthy corporations and individuals
  • Provisions favoring the oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy industries while eliminating incentives for cleaner, renewable sources of energy
  • The increase to the federal deficit by over $1 trillion
  • The cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that will likely follow and Congress’ inability to continue funding for the CHIP program for children in poverty.

Other rallies confirmed are:

  • Lexington: Hopkins Green, 1 p.m.
  • Roanoke: Corner of Elm Street and Williamson Road at the Mayors Statue, 11:30 a.m.
  • Bedford: Under the clock at the corner of Bridge and Main Street, 2 p.m.
  • Lynchburg: 12th Street between Church and Main Street, 11 a.m.