Valentine’s Day Card from Congress: Come See Us About Tax Breaks

If it’s your Valentine’s Day dream to be questioned in public by Reps. Dave Camp, Earl Blumenauer and Vern Buchanan, you’re in luck.

The House Ways and Means Committee is holding an open casting call for witnesses at a Feb. 14 hearing on the federal income tax deduction for charitable contributions.

The approach could shake up the often-predictable format of congressional hearings, which usually feature a professor or two, a think tank expert and maybe a corporate executive or administration official.

If you want to face the dais in the Longworth Building, surrounded by the portraits of former committee chairmen, just send an e-mail to by the end of the day on Feb. 7.

Put “charitable deduction” in the subject line and explain what you want to say.

There’s one catch in the announcement’s fine print: “In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, the committee may not be able to accommodate all requests to be heard.”

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