Sentiment Divided on Limiting Deductions

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Individuals share thoughts with Congress on deficit reduction measures with POPVOX Super Committee Hub

POPVOX, the transparent online platform for advocacy about bills in Congress, today released the results of a second week of its “Super Committee Hub,” where individuals can weigh in on proposals submitted to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Over the two-week period, POPVOX users registered 57% approval for a proposal by President to limit itemized deductions for those in the top tax bracket, including charitable contributions. All positions are sent to the individual's Representative and Senators.  An aggregated chart, with links to full comments, is sent weekly to Members of the Super Committee and staff.

“[The proposal] will reduce the federal deficit and help us maintain our safety net programs that are needed now more than ever,” wrote one constituent from Florida's 24th District (Rep. Sandy Adams [R]) who supports the proposal.

Writing in opposition, a constituent of Oregon's 1st District (formerly represented by David Wu) said, “Don't impact non-profits. Government money and services are being cut, and we should be encouraging (not discouraging) philanthropic investment.”

Several charitable organizations have stated opposition to the measure, including Alliance for Charitable Reform, American Association of Museums, American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Jewish Federations of North America, National Catholic Development Conference, and United Way Worldwide. Their statements are available on the information page for the proposal on POPVOX.com: https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/x6.

Any individual or organization can register their position on this proposal and 31 others by visiting http://popvox.com/supercommittee.

POPVOX is a neutral, nonpartisan advocacy platform that meshes legislative data with individuals’ personal stories and sentiment. POPVOX delivers public input to Congress in a format tailored to actionable policy decisions and empowers users to leverage their expertise and numbers.

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