House GOP Touts Tax Breaks to Help Feed the Hungry

Mike Curtin, left, CEO of DC Central Kitchen, gives a tour of the facility to McCarthy, Smith, and McMorris Rodgers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans took their show on the road Tuesday morning, eschewing the standard-issue news conference set-up for a location more complementary to the subject at hand.  

To tout a GOP bill that would permanently extend expired tax deductions to businesses that donate food inventory to charities, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri chose the backdrop of D.C. Central Kitchen. A quick walk — or short car ride — from the Capitol, the organization provides culinary job training while preparing and delivering thousands of meals each day to homeless shelters and service agencies around Washington, D.C.  

McCarthy said that the "Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014" would help keep programs such as D.C. Central Kitchen alive and thriving, giving them certainty they can continue to operate and help the community.  

"So they'll never fear, can they get that product, can they get that meal to that hungry family,'" McCarthy said.  

"America's always been very generous," McMorris Rodgers piped in. "A large majority of Americans will contribute to charity. We want to continue to encourage that. Its part of our culture, but the tax code is a part of how that's encouraged."  

Democrats are likely to appreciate the intent of the legislation when it comes to the House floor later this week, but many are expected to oppose it because it doesn't include revenue-raising offsets.  


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