Congressional Philanthropy Caucus Ready to Take Off

A Congressional caucus that was formed to discuss issues that affect the charitable world now has 25 members and will start meeting this fall, probably next month, says an aide to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a caucus co-chair.

Among the first issues that the new caucus will discuss are a tax bill that Congress is expected to adopt this fall and the proposed extension of legislation allowing some people to donate money from their individual retirement accounts to charity tax-free, says Nikia Okoye, senior legislative assistant to Ms. Tubbs Jones, Democrat of Ohio.

The other co-chair of the Congressional Philanthropy Caucus is Robin Hayes, Republican of North Carolina. The two lawmakers created the group as a way to raise awareness in Congress about philanthropy and to discuss legislative goals that affect charities and foundations.

In a press release announcing the caucus in June, Ms. Tubbs Jones said the members would also focus on “increasing communication and dialogue between government and the foundation community with a common goal of increasing philanthropy and opportunities for all of our citizens.”

Other Democratic members of the caucus are: Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii; Yvette Clarke, New York; Susan Davis, California; Bob Filner, California; Rush Holt, New Jersey; Carolyn Maloney, New York; Kendrick Meek, Florida; Bobby Rush, Illinois; Jose Serrano, New York; Louise Slaughter, New York; Ellen Tauscher, California; Tim Walz, Minnesota; and Henry Waxman, California.

Other Republicans are: Vern Buchanan, Florida; Dan Burton, Indiana; Mike Conaway, Texas; Thelma Drake, Virginia; Phil English, Pennsylvania; Ron Paul, Texas; Jim Ramstad, Minnesota; Mark Souder, Indiana; Patrick Tiberi, Ohio; Fred Upton, Michigan.

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