Elder Oaks. a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was invited to testify at the committee's hearing on charitable giving by ranking committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. He was accompanied by representatives of the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who he said had indicated their full support of his testimony.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning that proposed "impairments" of the charitable tax deduction in order to increase tax revenues available for government expenditure are not religious, political or even economic issues. Rather, he said, they pose "a question about the nature and future of America."