Paying It Forward — and Back

Nonprofit leaders worry as Congress rethinks tax breaks for donors and other charity policies

Xavier Becerra

California Rep. Xavier Becerra

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California Rep. Xavier Becerra

Like many members of Congress, Rep. Xavier Becerra — a Democrat who represents a largely Latino district of Los Angeles — is worried about the federal deficit and how to find money for social programs like providing health care to millions of uninsured children.

But Mr. Becerra, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax issues, regularly zeroes in on a government expense that has huge implications for nonprofit groups — the