Statement on Appropriations Bill Inclusion of Anti-Johnson Amendment Rider

Statement on Appropriations Bill Inclusion of Anti-Johnson Amendment Rider

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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 in response to action today by the House Appropriations Committee approving the FSGG Appropriations bill, which includes a rider in Section 112 that would weaken enforcement of the Johnson Amendment:

“Today’s party-line vote only underscores the importance of keeping the longstanding protections of the Johnson Amendment in place. Charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations have united to warn Congress to keep the divisive and corrupting influences of partisan politics away from our missions – but the Appropriations Committee ignored their warnings. In order to do our work helping our fellow neighbors, we need to remain above the partisan fray, bringing people together regardless of party leanings. It should say something to the public that the Members of Congress pursuing this radical change are ignoring the strong and active opposition from the overwhelming majority of charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations across America.”

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

Maintaining the law unchanged is indeed the prevailing view across the country, as reflected in the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, signed by more than 5,800 organizations in all 50 states, in the Faith Voices letter signed by more than 4,500 faith leaders, in the separate letter signed by more than 100 denominations and major religious organizations, and another letter from the law enforcement community, as well as polls showing that 72 percent of the public support keeping the Johnson Amendment in place and nearly 90 percent of evangelical pastors who say it is wrong for preachers to endorse candidates from the pulpit.

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