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May 15, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Senate Democrats today blocked Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) resolution condemning the IRS and advocating an investigation reaching deep into the Obama administration.

“The president has deemed this inexcusable, yet actions speak louder than words. It is time for President Obama and his Administration to act and it is our duty as Americans to hold them accountable,” he added.

The resolution finds that “the Internal Revenue Service engaged in discriminatory behavior” and calls for an independent authority to investigate “and, if applicable, seek criminal charges against any individuals who authorized or were involved in targeting people of the United States based on their political views.”

“This resolution is not about Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It is about arrogant and unrestrained government vs. the rule of law. The First Amendment cannot and should not be renegotiated depending on which party holds power,” Paul said after Democrats placed the hold.

“Each senator took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, yet Senate Democrats chose to block my resolution and thus refused to condemn the IRS for trampling on our First Amendment rights. I am incredibly disappointed in Washington’s party politics and I am determined to hold the IRS accountable for these unjust acts.”

Other bills introduced in reaction to the IRS scandal this week are the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013, a bill introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that would add criminal penalties for IRS employees who target political organizations, and the Project Against Ideology-Based Targeting Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), that would prohibit the IRS from targeting organizations based on ideology.

“Having run a 501(c)(3) organization, I recognize the danger with this kind of targeting by the IRS. We cannot allow it to continue, regardless of the political party in power. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior from our government,” said Flake.

“It’s sad that this legislation is even necessary,” the Arizona senator added. “But as we learn more and ensure those involved are held accountable for this wrongdoing, this bill will prohibit additional targeting from occurring in the future.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"the Project Against Ideology-Based Targeting Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), that would prohibit the IRS from targeting organizations based on ideology."

Because the 14th Amendment isn't enough?

Fire them. Jail them for depriving citizens of their Constitutionally protected rights. Break up the IRS. Impeach the executives.
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It's hard to enorce a constitutional provision to that extent without statutory teeth. As a rule, all that can be done about violating the Constitution is for the Supreme Court to tell the offending agency not to do that anymore, or to tell Congress the law it passed isn't valid. That's one reason the Birther arguments, even if there were anything to them, are futile.

Prohibition was a constitutional amendment, but nobody could be sent to jail until Congress passed the Volstead Act to give it teeth.
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They're grandstanding. They know none of these acts has a chance in hell of passing - but they can say they did something! Apparently, it's not sufficient to issue a strongly-worded press release or have a passionate speech read into the congressional record. They have to waste everybody's time proposing these phony bills. I guess that's supposed to show everyone they're REALLY SERIOUS!

How good can a bill be if the scandal broke a few days ago and the bill's already on the floor? Don't know about you, but I'd rather not be government by some bs that some pissed-off senator scratched together on the spur of the moment.

Knuckleheads.
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