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Faith & Freedom Coalition Commends Senator Rubio For Fighting To Double The Child Tax Credit

Rubio Plan Will Double The Child Tax Credit To $2,000 Per Child and Make Credit Fully Refundable

Washington, DC – Faith & Freedom Coalition Founder and Chairman Ralph Reed issued the following letter today, on behalf of the over 1.5 million members of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, to Senator Marco Rubio and other members of the U.S Senate, supporting Senator Rubio’s effort to double the Child Tax Credit to $2000 per child and make the credit fully refundable.

In the letter, Reed stated, “an expanded Child Tax Credit is an important step for investing in children, promoting stronger families, and improving the structure of the tax system. These are priorities that Americans from every background can get behind. We call upon Congress and the Administration to seize the opportunity to provide unprecedented tax relief to ordinary, working-class families.”

Chairman Reed also called for Senators to challenge the Senate parliamentary ruling and “permanently repeal the bigoted Johnson Amendment, which is a clear unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech used by the Internal Revenue Service to harass, intimidate and persecute the faith community for over six decades.”

Read the full letter HERE.

President Trump Receives “Friends of Zion” Award

Faith & Freedom Coalition Founder and Chairman Ralph Reed speaks outside the White House after a ceremony awarding President Donald J. Tump the “Friends of Zion” award.

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Faith & Freedom Coalition Rejoices In President Trump’s Decision To Recognize Jerusalem As The Eternal Capital of Israel & His Order To Begin Move of the U.S. Embassy

Washington, DC – The over 1.5 million members of Faith & Freedom Coalition enthusiastically support President Donald J. Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his order for the U.S. Department of State to begin the process to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We are deeply grateful to President Trump for finally recognizing the reality that Jerusalem is the eternal, indivisible capital of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people.,” said Faith & Freedom Founder and Chairman Ralph Reed. “The President continues to deliver on his promise to the American people to strengthen the solidarity between the United States and the people of Israel.  We are so grateful for President Trump’s pro-Israel stance and his bold leadership. Like the President, we remain fully committed to seeing the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, the seat of the Israeli government, as soon as possible.  To do otherwise will only give false encouragement to Israel’s enemies, many of whom still refuse to acknowledge its existence or maintain diplomatic relations with its government.”

Faith & Freedom Coalition Praises U.S. Senate for Passing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Washington, DC – Faith & Freedom Coalition today praised the U.S. Senate for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

“This tax cut is pro-child, pro-jobs, pro-middle-class, and pro-family. By expanding the child tax credit, it strengthens the family and empowers parents. By repealing the individual mandate, it takes a giant step toward repealing Obamacare,” said Ralph Reed, founder and Chairman of Faith & Freedom Coalition. “We remain fully committed to repealing the Johnson Amendment restricting the First Amendment freedom of speech of the faith community, a provision contained in the House-passed version of the tax cut. I want to single out for praise Majority Leader McConnell and Finance Committee Chairman Hatch, who worked tirelessly with their colleagues to achieve a consensus and pass this tax cut.”

The tax cut contains the following provisions that Faith & Freedom has strongly supported:
Doubling the child tax credit to $2,000. An estimated 22 million Americans benefited from the child tax credit in 2015 and it has helped to lift over nine million people out of poverty. This is a $600 billion tax cut targeted directly at middle-class working families that is pro-life, pro-child and pro-family.
Nearly doubling the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families. This represents nearly a $1 trillion cut in taxes for middle-class families and will protect a larger share of the average family’s income from taxation.
Repealing the Obamacare individual mandate/tax. An estimated 6.7 million Americans paid this tax in 2015 rather than pay for health insurance they did not want and could not afford.
Cutting taxes on small businesses and pass-through companies. Small, family-owned businesses create 80 percent of the new jobs in America.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cleared another hurdle today to fulfill Congress’ promise to reduce the tax burden on families and workers, and fuel the economic growth we so desperately need,” said Tim Head, executive director of Faith & Freedom Coalition. “People of faith want Congress to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act before Christmas and get it to President Trump for his signature so we can unleash the full power of the American economy and allow struggling American families to keep more of their hard-earned money.”

Faith & Freedom Coalition will continue to work with Congressional leaders and the conferees of an anticipated conference committee to iron out the differences between the Senate and House versions and enact final legislation to give the America’s working families the tax cut they so richly deserve.

Faith & Freedom Coalition Urges Senators To Vote “YES” On Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Washington, DC – Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed issued the following letter to members of the U.S. Senate on behalf of the over 1.5 million members of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, urging Senators to vote YES on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

In the letter, Reed stated, “the tax code has become riddled with corporate giveaways and provisions that benefit politically connected special interests at the expense of ordinary, middle class Americans. We cannot lose this once in a lifetime opportunity to make the tax code simpler and fairer, protect and support families, increase wages, promote job creation, and make American businesses more competitive.”

 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raises the child tax credit and doubles the standard deduction for ordinary families—many of which do not itemize their taxes. The Senate bill also reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned income of small, family-owned mom and pop businesses.
Chairman Reed also reminded Senators that the “Faith & Freedom Coalition remains committed to seeing full and permanent repeal of the Johnson Amendment to protect the First Amendment rights of people of faith.”

 

Read the full letter HERE.

Statement On Anti-Christian Bigotry at Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority

In response to the Washington, DC Metro decision to ban an advertisement from the Arch Diocese of Washington promoting “spiritual giving”, Faith & Freedom Coalition Executive Director Tim Head issued the following statement.

“This decision by the Washington Metro is blatant anti-Christian bigotry and should not be tolerated. People of faith across the country call for the government of Washington, DC to immediately revise this discriminatory policy and protect faith-based speech.”

DC Metro’s decision to reject religious Christmas ads is a clear violation of free speech and blatant anti-Christian bigotry. We will not permit such unabashed attacks on our religious liberty and we call on people of faith to fight with us to change this ruling.

To read more about this issue, click here.

Faith & Freedom Statement On President Trump List of Potential Supreme Court Justices

Washington, DC – Faith & Freedom Coalition Executive Director Tim Head issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement today of five judges he is adding to his list of potential nominees to the United States Supreme Court.

“President Trump has made great strides to rebuild a federal judiciary that will respect religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, the rule of law, and the Constitution. Today the President took another big step forward when he added five outstanding jurists to his list of future potential Supreme Court nominees—jurists who share a judicial philosophy that respects the Constitution and who will not legislate from the bench. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Judge Kevin Newsom, Justice Britt Grant, and Justice Patrick Wyrick are highly qualified judges who will uphold the Constitution and help protect the founding principles of our Republic.”

Faith & Freedom Coalition Supports Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Washington, DC – Ralph Reed, Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, issued the following letter to members of the U.S. House Republican Conference today, announcing Faith & Freedom’s support for H.R. 1 the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ” and its inclusion as a “key vote” to cut taxes as part of the Faith and & Freedom Coalition Congressional Scorecard for the 115th Congress that will distributed in 117,000 churches nationwide in 2018.

In the letter to House members, Reed stated, “America’s families have already waited too long for tax reform that enables them to keep their hard earned dollars and care for their families. We must not fail them. We look forward to working with you to pass tax reform and strongly support efforts to simplify the code so that it is fairer for families and individuals, while also encouraging the economy to grow, leading to the creation of more jobs and higher wages.”

The letter also states that Faith & Freedom will score a vote in favor of the legislation as a key vote in the Congressional Scorecard which will be distributed to millions of voters of faith in 2018, “on behalf of the over one and a half million members of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, I urge you to vote YES on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1. A vote for this bill is a vote to continue the process of fundamental tax reform that Republicans have promised and America’s hardworking families desperately deserve.”

VIEW the full text of the letter here.

Faith & Freedom Coalition Releases 2017 Virginia Election Guide

The Faith & Freedom Coalition has released its election voter guide for the state of Virginia 2017 statewide General Election. Only two weeks remain until the Virginia General Election on Tuesday, November 7 and early voting has begun. The Virginia voter guide includes issue positions important to evangelical and conservative Catholic voters for each candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General.

Voters of faith in Virginia, please take a moment and download the Virginia voter guide, print and share with your friends, and make sure our voices heard on November 7th!

Click here to download and print your own Virginia voter guide.