Perry Wasserman

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Advocacy Update: A Fall Preview

Posted by Perry Wasserman on Aug 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Lawmakers have, by and large, abandoned a hot and humid Washington, DC for their annual summer recess after roughly seven months of work that failed to produce a single major piece of legislation for President Trump to sign into law.  By almost any objective measure, the President and Republican-controlled Congress have been stuck in a tailspin of unproductivity and have not come close to meeting the expectations many had after the November elections handed control of the White House and both Congressional chambers to one party.  To make matters worse, when Congress reconvenes shortly after Labor Day, Republican leaders are bracing for a potential firestorm over the debt ceiling and government funding, two issues that must be addressed quickly in order to avoid a government default or shutdown. 

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Topics: Advocacy, Hill Day

[Advocacy Update] 114th Congress Comes to a Close and What to Expect from the 115th in the New Year.

Posted by Perry Wasserman on Dec 21, 2016 2:50:05 PM

With the holidays right around the corner, most lawmakers have left Washington for the year. Congress is now in recess, save some brief pro forma sessions meant to thwart any attempts at recess appointments, until the 115th Congress officially convenes on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Lets take a brief look at how 2016 ended and what we might expect from Congress in 2017.

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Topics: Advocacy

CGP Advocacy Update: Post Election Outlook

Posted by Perry Wasserman on Nov 16, 2016 10:41:51 AM

On Tuesday November 15th CGP’s contact in Washington, Perry Wasserman, provided a post-election update on 2017 tax issues and the “lame duck” session. Below, Perry answers CGP member's questions from the webinar. 

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Topics: Advocacy

[Legislative Update] Charitable Giving Bills to Watch

Posted by Perry Wasserman on Oct 14, 2016 9:39:00 AM

Congress is presently in recess until after the November election, at which point lawmakers will return to DC for a lame-duck session that should pick-up steam in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  During these waning days of the 114th Congressional session, CGP is monitoring a number of bills that would directly affect charitable giving incentives.  These bills include:

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Topics: Advocacy

[Advocacy Update] Congress Renews Focus on Tax-Exempt Status of College Endowments

Posted by Perry Wasserman on Oct 14, 2016 9:37:35 AM

Key federal lawmakers are continuing to focus their attention on college and university endowments, particularly those endowments exceeding $1 billion in value.  Last month, for example, the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing which examined rising college costs and how some colleges and universities are using their endowments to fulfill their charitable missions. 

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Topics: Advocacy

[Advocacy Update] Presidential Candidates Propose Major Changes to Federal Tax Code

Posted by Perry Wasserman on Oct 14, 2016 9:28:33 AM

The 2016 Presidential election is now less than one month away and throughout the campaign season both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released various tax proposals that, if enacted into law, would greatly affect charitable giving in this country.  It’s fair to say that the two candidates envision dramatically different tax codes and, as evidenced in the first two Presidential debates, these views will continue to play a major role in the election. 

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Topics: Advocacy