The House Appropriations Committee reportedly could consider this bill as soon as Wednesday, July 12.
House Appropriations Committee could vote to weaken Johnson Amendment
What is the Issue?
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services approved a FY2018 appropriations bill that includes an extraneous provision (see Rider Details below) that would significantly weaken enforcement of the law on nonprofit nonpartisanship, the language in Section 501(c)(3) sometimes called the Johnson Amendment. The full House Appropriations Committee reportedly could consider the appropriations bill as soon as Wednesday, July 12.
Take Action Now!
Nebraska and Iowa Representatives, Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and David Young (R-IA), both serve on the House Appropriations Committee. If you live in Nebraska's 1st congressional district, we encourage you to call (202-225-4806) or email Congressman Fortenberry. If you live in Iowa's 3rd congressional district, call (202-225- 4806) or email Representative Young. Include the simple message, "I'm your constituent, and I ask that you act to strip the Johnson Amendment language in Section 116 from the Financial Services appropriations bill."
Rider Details
The rider, Section 116 of the House Financial Services and General Government FY2018 Appropriations bill, would prevent the IRS from spending any funds to make a final determination that a house of worship or its affiliate has violated the Johnson Amendment unless the IRS meets three conditions: (1) the Commissioner of the IRS consents to a determination of unlawful conduct; (2) politicians on the House and Senate tax committees are given 30-days' notice of the law-enforcement determination; and (3) an additional 90-days' notice is provided before enforcement can commence. According to Newsweek, Section 116 "would make it exponentially more difficult to enforce" even the most blatant violations of the Johnson Amendment. The rider is fatally flawed in that it would erect unconstitutional and unreasonable hurdles on enforcing the law that ensures nonpartisanship. Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, has an excellent article in the Nonprofit Quarterly explaining why this provision is a threat to all 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
Other Information
NAM and  other community nonprofits across America strongly oppose efforts to eliminate nonprofit nonpartisanship, and we need your help.

If you haven't done so yet, please sign on to the 
Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, organized by several national groups, including the National Council of Nonprofits with whom NAM is affiliated.

Finally, we ask that you contact your Nebraska or Iowa congressional representative and tell them to keep politics out of the nonprofit sector. 

Thank you!

Anne Hindery, CEO
Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
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