Blackburn, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Protect Charities From Government Overreach

January 23, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and colleagues introduced the Safeguarding Charity Act to protect the independence of our nation’s tax-exempt organizations.

Two recent rulings by federal judges state that private institutions are subject to federal restrictions simply due to their tax-exempt status. This could lead to private schools, churches, and non-profit charities being punished if they do not follow burdensome and politically polarized regulations.

“The weaponization of our judicial system under the Biden administration has yielded overreaching, politically charged rulings by activist judges. America’s constitutionally protected places of worship and other non-profit entities are being unfairly targeted due to their tax-exempt status, which allows them to continue supporting charitable work in our communities. This legislation would protect these organizations from undue federal regulations,” said Senator Blackburn.

“Civic organizations like churches, schools, and charities are crucial to our communities. I remain concerned by recent court decisions that could subject these organizations to burdensome federal regulations simply because they are tax-exempt. My Safeguarding Charity Act would protect these organizations from the government’s politicized battles so they can continue their vital work in our communities,” said Senator Rubio.


  • Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are original cosponsors.