Protesters gather outside Sen. Schumer's office to end GOP tax plan

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Protesters gathered Monday outside Sen. Chuck Schumer's office in Peekskill to push for an end to the GOP tax plan.

The plan gives substantial tax cuts to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year.

"Those of us who are self-employed, not making money, if we're not insured we're completely vulnerable," said Christine Button, of Cortlandt Manor.

Button joined activists who say the bill only benefits the wealthy by phasing out the estate tax while hurting the poor.

"My fear is at some point down the road, not too far, they will circle back and say wait a minute, this tax cut is costing too much so in order to decrease the deficit, to balance things, we need to go after social programs and cut them," said Celeste Theis, of Croton on Hudson.

President Donald Trump plans to meet with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to talk taxes, an issue the GOP wants to get to the president's desk by Christmas.

Sen. Shumer says families would be hammered by an "anti-middle class bill." The protesters hope Schumer will persuade others in Washington.

The tax reform package passed in the House earlier this month. The Senate could vote on it as early as Thursday.

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