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Tax Policy Leaders Continue Field Talks Today
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (7/29/13)--House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) are scheduled to continue their tax-reform, town hall-style field meetings today, visiting two businesses here: third-generation, family-owned Mrs. G's TV & Appliances and The Hub Centers for Meeting and Collaboration, opened in 2004.

The Philadelphia trip is the second in a planned series of such meetings. The lawmakers said in a release the focus today will be on "how a simpler and fairer tax code can help small business and families boost the economy, create jobs and improve wages."

The chairmen of the Senate's two tax-policy panels developed the tour idea to give them a chance to speak with a range of Americans and businesses on tax reform issues--from large multinational corporations to small, family-run businesses, and to individual taxpayers.

Tax policy leaders are taking a "blank slate" approach to reform legislation, and Friday, July 26 was the deadline for senators to submit their tax reform proposals to Finance Committee leaders. The legislators are now expected to begin to build legislation to create a comprehensive proposal for a new U.S. tax code.

With this deadline looming, the Credit Union National Association last week launched "Don't Tax My CU Tuesday," a social media campaign that saw the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" message delivered to more than 875,397 people, including members of Congress and their Twitter followers.

The "Don't Tax My Credit Union messages" included tweets from two congressmen--Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.)--who tweeted back their agreement with the message.

The Tuesday twitter effort was part of the large-scale, nationwide grassroots-mobilization campaign led by CUNA and the leagues. That campaign continues to encourage 96 million credit union members nationwide to present a unified message to members of Congress: Don't Tax My Credit Union!

Actively participating in credit union grassroots activities and the political process is one tenet of CUNA's Unite for Good. Through Unite for Good, CUNA has called on credit unions to rally together to help create a nation in which "Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner."

For more CUNA/league tax advocacy resources, and more on Unite for Good, use the resource links.
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