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Isakson, Perdue Cosponsor Bill to Protect Americans from IRS Political Targeting
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., this week cosponsored legislation to stop the Internal Revenue Service from implementing its proposal to severely curtail the First Amendment rights of citizen-led 501(c)(4) groups.
The Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act was introduced by U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and is cosponsored by 33 additional senators. The bill would stop further attempts by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to exploit bureaucratic loopholes to restrict the free speech rights of the same types of tax-exempt social welfare organizations victimized in the IRS political targeting scandal.
“Our Founding Fathers put freedom of speech in the First Amendment to the Constitution for a reason, and I am proud to join my colleagues in ensuring that our Constitutional rights are preserved for groups of all political beliefs,” said Senator Isakson, who is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the IRS. “I will continue to do all that I can to end the corruption and politicization we’ve seen within the IRS.”
“Far too many people, including Georgians, have been targeted by the IRS for their personal beliefs, and this legislation will put a permanent stop to it,” said Senator Perdue. “The IRS’s abuse of power is emblematic of what’s wrong with Washington today: the federal government has lost sight of what our Founders intended. It’s a sad day for the American people and our Constitution that we even need to create legislation to reinforce the protection of our right to free speech and free thought. With conviction, I am a cosponsor of this this bill because we must do everything we can to ensure that Americans are guaranteed their Constitutional rights.”