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In the past few months, SHRM members have been active in urging their congressional members to permanently renew Section 127 of the U.S. tax code, a tax exclusion on up to $5,250 per year in employer-provided education and training assistance. 

This important benefit expires at the end of this year.

Those efforts, including a town hall event and a series of meetings on Capitol Hill, are perfect examples of HR Advocacy in Action.

During the August congressional recess, Curtis Crews, legislative director for the Central Virginia Chapter, spoke at a town hall meeting held by Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA-5).  Crews made a passionate plea for the provision that allows up to $5,250 per year in tax-free employer-provided educational assistance.  He urged Rep. Perriello to co-sponsor and support H.R. 5600, a pending bi-partisan bill that would permanently renew Section 127.

The plea was successful: Rep. Perriello immediately agreed to co-sponsor the bill.  SHRM’s Government Affairs team has since been following up with the congressman’s staff.  Thank you, Curtis!

Crews (second from left) with Central VA and SHRM State Council Officials 

Last month, representatives of the Alabama and Georgia State Councils met with members of their congressional delegations.  They advocated for Section 127 and discussed other issues, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act and the new health care reform law.


SHRM GA Members with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), third from the right


Alabama SHRM Members with Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), center


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As Congress is currently in recess for the upcoming elections on November 2, the next issue of HR Issues Update will be published on Thursday, November 11, 2010.  Please don't forget to vote!
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