The USCCB is concerned with legislation and policies that impact on church-state relations. In particular, the USCCB has an interest in legislation that protects religious freedom, limits government intrusion into religious matters and allows for reasonable collaboration between public and religious entities. The USCCB carefully monitors any legislation or policies dealing with the regulation of tax exempt entities. Legislation which creates incentives for charitable giving and public assistance for programs carried out by church-related entities are also of particular interest to the Conference.
Legislative Issues in the 111th Congress:
Conscience Protection; Religious Integrity Issues
Support the protection of both the identity and integrity of religious entities partnering with government to provide health education and social services.
Monitor efforts to address political activity by churches and religious organizations.
Public Policy Advocacy Restrictions on Nonprofit Organizations
Oppose the creation of unreasonable restrictions on public policy/advocacy activities of churches or other non-profit entities.
Explore any opportunity for Congressional consideration of legislation protecting the religious freedom rights of churches.
Oppose changing churches exemptions from annual information returns to the IRS as well as other possible government oversight of religious organizations.
Oppose federal proposals that would threaten the definition of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman (e.g., efforts to repeal DOMA, to pass ENDA).
Tax Policy Affecting Charitable Contributions
Support increased incentives for charitable giving.