H. Con. Res. 27, Expressing the sense of the Congress that tax-exempt fraternal benefit societies have historically and continue to provide critical benefits to Americans and United States communities.

Summary: …Whereas America’s fraternal benefit societies are long-standing mutual aid organizations created more than a century ago to serve the needs of communities and provide for the payment of life, health, accident, and other benefits to their members…(see the full text here) Cosponsors

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 4/25/19.

STATUS: Introduced 3/27/19 by Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] . 


  • From an earlier position on a previous bill: Fraternal benefit societies were granted a 501(c)(8) exemption in the 20th Century. Since that time, it has been the duty of their trade association to monitor all threats to this exemption and take appropriate action to educate members of Congress on the ongoing value and validity of the exemption. As the Treasury Department concluded in a 1993 study, without the tax exemption, the many charitable and benevolent activities of fraternal benefit societies would be severely curtailed, with little benefit to the government. (Source: American Fraternal Alliance)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.