Senate Finance Committee

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In this Issue: Members Return to Washington; Tax Reform Conversations in Committee; Senate and House Floor Prepare for Budget and Debt Ceiling Debates; Thanks to the Tax Reform Tour, Tax Reform Did Garner Some Headlines this Week; Ways and Means Hearing on the IRS Exempt Organizations Division Planned for Next Week; Articles, Op-Eds, and Blogs Hightlight Support for the Charitable Deduction; Other Opinion Pieces; Interesting Articles; Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations; Tuesday, September 24 (10:30am - 12:00pm) The Power of Advocacy and the Opportunity for Community Foundations; Tuesday, September 24 (1:00pm - 2:30pm) State of the States: Connecting with Lawmakers & Regulators for Policy Advocacy

In this Issue: Historic 50th anniversary in Washington; Will looming deficit and budget issues affect tax reform?; Finance Chairman Max Baucus is still optimistic; A follow-up to the Bruce Bartlett blog highlighted in last week's Snapshot; And now, for an Executive Branch update; Agriculture (USDA); Defense (DOD); Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (OJCS); National Guard Bureau (NGB); Education (DEd); Investing In Innovation (i3); ConnectED Initiative; Early Learning; "STRONG START, BRIGHT FUTURE" Back-to-School Bus Tour; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); EPA Official to speak at the Council's San Diego conference; E3 Initiative aims to assist manufacturing communities; Housing and Urban Development (HUD); HUD Secretary to join us at the Council's San Diego conference; September funder briefings; Labor (DOL); State; The White House; Asian American-Pacific Islander Initiative