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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act (H.R. 2357)


The House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday, October 1, 2002, on the 

Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act (H.R. 2357) (Full text of legislation). 

To permit a church to participate or intervene in a political campaign and maintain its tax-exempt status as long as such participation is not a substantial part of its activities, the measure amends the Internal Revenue Code.  By giving America’s religious leaders the ability to speak out on the moral and political issues of the day without fear of losing their tax-exempt status, H.R. 2357 returns freedom of speech to these individuals.  Formation of a political action committee will still be required by federal laws to make donations to federal candidates.  For state candidates most states have similar laws.

What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to SUPPORT the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act (H.R. 2357).

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

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