As Eric Trump is headed to New Hartford to stump for Rep. Claudia Tenney Tuesday afternoon, a group called Nuns on the Bus is rallying with their “Tax Justice Truth Tour.”
The Nuns on the Bus held a press conference outside Tenney’s New Hartford office on Tuesday morning. They’re traveling the nation to educate the public about the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.”
The group says they tried to schedule a meeting with Tenney but they were rejected, and that’s why they staged their drop-by and press conference.
The nuns are taking issue with the tax bill, which they say they want to change so that it affects 100 percent of our nation.
“The real problem is wages, and the fact that wages haven't gone up,” said Sister Simone Campbell. “And this tax bill was sold on the idea, oh there’s going to be a wage increase. Only four percent of businesses have passed on any of this money to employees. The publicly-held corporations have been busy buying back their stock to artificially increase their value.”
For the “Tax Justice Truth Tour,” 30 Catholic sisters are attending 54 events in 21 states over the course of 27 days.
A counter-rally to the Nuns on the Bus event was also held outside Tenney’s New Hartford office on Tuesday morning. Supporters of Tenney say the nuns fail to recognize what’s been accomplished in terms of jobs and the economy.
People with signs and messages such as “Christians for Claudia” and “Brindisi supports late-term abortion” turned out for the counter-rally.
“Why are these nuns not bringing up the issue of abortion with Mr. Brindisi?” said Tenney supporter Jim Zecca. “As you can see, there’s Christians for Claudia here today and they can talk to you about the issue of late-term abortion that our assemblyman has not only supported, but actually co-sponsored a late-term abortion bill.”
Zecca says that voters seem to be split 50-50. Recent polls find the 22nd Congressional District race to be a very close one.