Johnson Amendment Language Exclusion from Tax Bill a (Temporary) Victory for Nonprofits, Houses of Worship, and Foundations

Johnson Amendment Language Exclusion from Tax Bill a (Temporary) Victory for Nonprofits, Houses of Worship, and Foundations

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Washington, DC - Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, which advocates on behalf of charitable nonprofits nationwide, released the following statement reacting to the news that language in the tax bill that would have undermined the Johnson Amendment has been excluded by the Senate Parliamentarian because it would violate the Byrd Rule:

“We’re relieved that the devastating proposal to politicize charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations has been removed from the tax bill that will be voted on next week. And we’re proud of our state associations of nonprofits that mobilized their members from the grassroots to lift voices up to the Hill, thankful for our many coalition partners who worked so diligently to defeat the outlandish proposal, and grateful to every one of the more than 5,600 charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations that signed the unifying Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship and the 4,300 religious leaders who signed the Faith Voices letter to express their strong opposition to the proposal to politicize the 501(c)(3) community.

“But – the fight is not over. A similar attempt to weaken the Johnson Amendment was slipped into the House-passed appropriations bill, and we anticipate that additional attempts will be made to slip policy riders into the next appropriations bill. While we celebrate this victory, we will need to remain vigilant and continue to let every member of Congress know that the broad nonprofit, religious, and philanthropic communities oppose any changes to the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding law that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from partisan politics."



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