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Washington, D.C. 20001
The Wildly Popular Congressional Staff Panel
Republicans may control Congress and the White House, but that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing. It also doesn’t mean Democrats are wallowing in the background. As for Republicans, both Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady – along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – have been clear that tax reform is a top priority, and the House is feverishly working on legislative language to flesh out their outline for tax reform, known as the House Blueprint. Chairman Hatch committed to drafting the Senate’s version that could look very different from the House’s. We will hear an “insiders” perspective from congressional staff on what lies ahead and how our sector can inform the debate.
*Please note: The congressional panel will be off the record.
A New IRS and the Tax-Exempt Sector
The House Blueprint, as it’s called, is the House of Representatives broad brush outline of their plans for tax reform. There’s a lot to focus on, but one section has gotten little notice. Titled “A New IRS for the 21st Century”, the section details “an integral element of this Blueprint will be to rebuild the IRS into a modern and efficient 21st century administrator of the nation’s tax system. The new IRS will have a streamlined structure aligned with the simpler and fairer tax system for families and individuals and businesses of all sizes.” That’s curious enough. But there’s no mention of the tax-exempt sector and where we fit, or don’t, in this new structure. Our panelists will address the issues this new IRS poses for the sector and how our sector can inform this process.
A Peak Into the White House
In the new Administration with a long list of policy goals – including replacing the Affordable Care Act, overhauling the tax code, implementing a broad infrastructure package and more – the President relies on a group of policy advisors in the White House’s Domestic Policy Council (DPC) and the National Economic Council (NEC). The DPC staff advises the President on all domestic policy decisions, excluding economic issues while the NEC advises the President on economic issues, including tax reform. Once White House policy is developed, it is advanced by the staff in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. This is the office that will work to shepherd through President Trump’s agenda on Capitol Hill. Speakers from the Administration will join us to discuss the President’s domestic policy priorities and their intersection with the nonprofit sector.
- Marc Short, legislative affairs director, The White House
Roadmap to Action
The stakes couldn’t be higher this year for the charitable sector. So growing and maintaining relationships with your Senators, Representatives and their staff in DC and back home is essential to defending, and advancing, the sector’s legislative interests. In this session we’ll offer you an annual plan — a one-year Roadmap for Action — for connecting with your lawmakers in DC and back home to ensure you remain top-of-mind. We’ll also offer you resources to help you execute your Roadmap to Action.