Lawmakers’ increased attention on reigning in spending and getting our fiscal house in order is both laudable and necessary. However, during government contraction and tough economic times for families, we should be making it easier, not harder, for Americans to help their neighbors.
America has always rallied together when times are tough, whether in the face of economic difficulties, natural disasters or terrorism — and the U.S. government is a critical support for such efforts. Let’s not change that now by unraveling this vital tax incentive, which plays such an important role in supporting the crucial work of the nonprofit human services sector.
Susan N. Dreyfus is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families and Families International. She is the former secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.