March 12, 2018 – Congressional leaders are, right now, writing the bill to fund the government through the rest of the current fiscal year. This "must pass" bill is attracting many controversial issues - like anti-Johnson Amendment language - that would not pass as free-standing bills. Congressional leaders are negotiating today and over the next few days deciding what will go into the bill. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the person who has the job of setting the House floor schedule, said that he is aiming to vote on the omnibus spending bill this week, as in March 15 or 16. We anticipate one of the riders will be an attempt to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment, the longstanding law that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from partisan political endorsements and activities. The Johnson Amendment protections ensure that nonprofits are nonpartisan problem solvers in their communities not political organizations. Today the Nonprofit Quarterly published New Threat in Congress to Politicize Nonprofits and Foundations, an article about the threat to repeal the Johnson Amendment and what that would mean to all of us.