Tag Archives: Ryan Costello

Calling on Costello: The GOP Tax Bill will put us in the poor house!

From: Concerned Constituent Action Group

[see also “Protests rage as Meehan, Costello vote for GOP tax plan,” Daily Local News, 11/16/17)}. Congratulations to all 3 Chesco congressmen for raising their impressive “Trump Scores” by 4 recent votes since we last looked on Oct. 24. Smucker now boasts a near-perfect 98.1%, Costello 94.0%, and Meehan 88.7% in this measure of how often their votes agree with the Trump position.

Calling on Costello (R-PA 6)
Friday Nov. 17, 11:30am to 1pm
21 W. Market Street, West Chester

On-street parking or the Bicentennial Parking Garage at 20 South High Street, West Chester.

We will protest outside as a large group; then rotate into the office in small groups to speak with staff and deliver letters, if permitted.

This week’s focus: The GOP Tax Bill will put us in the poor house!

The Tax Plans of the House & Senate differ but the common theme is drastic cuts in taxes that will put the United States even further in debt. The Senate bill shows a rosy future with economic growth spurred by their bill and yet, even with the optimistic growth projections, the cuts in revenue are NOT OFFSET! It’s still a net increase on our national debt.

How will we pay for this increased national debt? $1.5T cuts to Medicaid and Medicare and to a lot of other important programs that benefit all of us. So that corporations and the wealthiest among us can see huge tax cuts.

Don’t let the GOP sell us all out with promises of tax cuts.

The GOP Joint Budget Resolution identified $1T of cuts to Medicaid and almost $500B in cuts to Medicare to offset the effect of the drastic tax cuts the GOP is proposing.

Don’t the let GOP sell us all out with promises that these tax cuts will spur economic benefit to everyone. They will certainly help the very wealthiest but will they help most people? Past history proves the answer is a clear no.

The GOP tax scam will leave us all so much deeper in debt that it will mean drastic cuts to Medicaid & Medicare and a lot of other important programs.

If you cannot attend but would like to submit a letter, email it to us at
contact@ccag-d6.com and we will deliver it for you.

Don’t Cut Health Plans

Letter, Daily Local News, 11/12/17

Congressman Costello turned his back on constituents when he voted in support of the federal budget resolution that would cut Medicare by $487 billion and $1 trillion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. I know Congressman Costello can do better.

I know firsthand the importance of Medicaid. My brother depended on Medicaid through his battle with cancer. I cared for him until his death, and saw all the treatment and care he would not have gotten without Medicaid. He was just one of 2.5 Million Pennsylvanians who depend on Medicaid.

This week, Republicans released their new tax “reform” bill, which will give away trillions in tax breaks that mostly benefit the richest Americans and corporations paid for by these huge cuts to health care programs that seniors like me, kids like my grandchildren, working families like mine, veterans like my cousins and people with disabilities depend on.

We’ve got to really pay attention because Congress is using the same fast-track process that they used in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year to jam the legislation through before anyone realizes who’s really paying for these big tax breaks.

If Congressman Costello truly cares about his constituents, he won’t cut our health care in order to give big donors big tax breaks. Everyone in the district who depends on Medicare and Medicaid should call his office now and ask him to oppose the tax breaks paid for by of our health care.

MaryAnn Piccioni, Paoli

NRA and Chesco’s 3 R’s in the US House

Excerpts from “Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA?,” by Aaron Williams, Washington Post, updated Oct. 5, 2017. (Note that organizations, like corporations, have ways other than direct contributions to support office-holders, such as encouraging contributions by individuals, channeling money through trade associations and “issue groups” that preserve anonymity, etc. Naturally in areas like Chester County which favor gun violence prevention, recipients of NRA funding would prefer it be off the record.)

“Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump”: Chesco’s 3 R’s

The site fivethirtyeight.com gives regular updates of US House members’ votes compared to the 2016 election result in their district, under the overall title “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump.”

The point is to see how well they represent their constituents and also to provide a metric to compare their words and their votes. Some representatives may wish to be seen as “moderate” or reasonable” while others may wish to be known as hard-core Trumpists. But it’s the votes that count. For those who wish to break it down further, the site gives specific votes compared to the Trump position on each.

The site uses 4 numbers:

1) Trump score = How often the rep votes in line with Trump’s position
2) Trump margin = Trump’s share of the vote in that district minus Clinton’s
3) Predicted score = How often the rep is expected to support Trump based on Trump’s 2016 margin
4) Trump plus-minus = Difference between Trump score and Predicted score

Here are the current numbers for Chesco’s 3 House members:

So all 3 have high “Trump scores.” Those whose districts Trump lost (negative “Trump margins”) have lower “Predicted scores” (because their constituents are not Trump-oriented) but have higher “Trump plus-minus” figures (a 25% gap between the “Trumpiness” of the district and of 2 of these House members is really quite a remarkable lack of representativeness, and even 15% more “Trumpish” than a district Trump won is quite an accomplishment).