The House and Senate have passed two distinct tax reform bills that now need to be reconciled before the two chambers can hold votes on a final tax reform package. This process, known as a conference, is expected to last about a week with a vote as early as Friday, December 8.
While we earned an important victory in keeping a Johnson Amendment repeal or modification out of the Senate bill tax reform bill, it remains in the House bill. The Johnson Amendment is important because it creates a firewall between political activity and nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship. The House bill effectively eliminates the provision and endangers our ability to achieve our missions without partisan political pressure from donors, board members, volunteers, or politicians.
So far, we know that the members of the House conference committee are Kevin Brady (R-TX), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Diane Black (R-TN), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Don Young (R-AK), Greg Walden (R-OR), John Shimkus (R-IL), Richard Neal (D-MA), Sander Levin (D-MI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ.)
We will update the list when we learn who the Senate conferees are.
If you live or work in any of these states, your voice is especially important! Urge your Members of Congress to keep the Johnson Amendment and keep partisan politics out of our charities and places of worship.
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