GOP senator slams 'dubious' report on charitable giving

GOP senator slams 'dubious' report on charitable giving
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division MORE (R-Texas) on Saturday ripped a Washington Post report saying the newly implemented tax law could make philanthropy a pursuit for the wealthy, calling the idea "idiotic."

"Idiotic. The charitable deduction is fully preserved. Also, the dubious premise is that the reason people generously give to worthy causes is so they can deduct from their taxes. Nevertheless, everyone still can," Cornyn tweeted. 

The senator's comments come after the Post reported that various American charities, such as United Way Worldwide and the Salvation Army, had expressed concerns that the Republican-backed tax plan could make it harder for middle-class donors to take part in philanthropy.

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“We don’t have any choice but to look to those higher-end donors more. We have to," Steve Taylor, vice president for public policy at United Way, told the newspaper.

“But it’s not really what we want to do, and it’s not really healthy for the charitable sector in America.”

The publication cites an Indiana University study showing donations potentially falling by at least 4.5 percent, mostly among middle-income individuals, in 2018. 

The report comes after President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE signed the sweeping tax plan into law on Friday.