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Johnson Amendment Repeal Not Included In Congress’ Tax Bill

Senate Democrats were able to block a provision in Congress’ tax overhaul bill that would have gutted the Johnson Amendment, which pro­tects the integrity of elections and of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring that nonprofits don’t endorse or oppose political candidates.

The House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included language, inserted by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), that would have essentially repealed the Johnson Amendment.

Attempt To Undermine Johnson Amendment Removed From Tax Bill

Americans United Calls On Congress To Cease Attacks On Provision That Protects Integrity Of Houses Of Worship

Senate Democrats last night announced that they removed a provision from the tax bill that would have essentially repealed the Johnson Amendment.

The Johnson Amendment, a 63-year-old provision in federal law that protects the integrity of elections and tax-exempt nonprofits – including houses of worship – has been the focus of attacks by President Donald J. Trump, who once vowed to “totally destroy” it. 

Americans United Legislative Director Maggie Garrett released the following statement:

Americans United Denounces House Tax Bill That Undermines The Johnson Amendment And Public Schools

Legislation Turns Nonprofits, Including Houses Of Worship, Into Tax-Exempt Partisan Campaign Organizations; Expands School Voucher-Like Program

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would essentially repeal the Johnson Amendment. This 63-year-old provision in federal law protects the integrity of our elections and tax-exempt nonprofits, including houses of worship, by ensuring the organizations don’t endorse or oppose candidates for public office.

Americans United Deplores House GOP Leadership’s Ongoing Assault On Johnson Amendment

Latest Change To Tax Bill Only Makes Matters Worse, Group Says

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized Republicans in the House of Representatives for their continuing efforts to undermine the Johnson Amendment, a provision in federal law that prohibits tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

Americans United Disappointed By House Committee Vote To Undermine Johnson Amendment

Church-State Watchdog Calls For Removal Of Provision That Would Lure Houses Of Worship Into Partisan Politics

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment over a vote by a House committee on a provision in the new tax bill that threatens to draw America’s houses of worship into partisan politics.

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