White House Vows to Kill Bill That Would Block New IRS 501(c)(4) Rules
"These bills have a simple goal: removing fear from an individual's interactions with the IRS," said Roskam. "People should not have to be concerned about unfair and unjustified harassment at the hands of their own government. Widespread reports of IRS abuse have had a chilling effect on the American people."
"This week, the House is working to give people peace of mind that their government is not running roughshod over their rights," Roskam added. "We can reassure individuals that they will not be left in the dark about the looming threat of IRS action, and protect them from offensive, big-brother questioning from the federal government."
"The egregious abuses of trust at the IRS beg the need for more transparency and oversight and the House will continue to act to ensure that oversight on the American people’s behalf," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said. "The IRS cannot be trusted, nor do they have sufficient reason to possess, an individual’s religious, political, or social beliefs."
But that IRS rulemaking still looms large.
In passing the bill out of his committee earlier this month, Camp said it's inappropriate to be rulemaking when the probe into IRS targeting isn't even complete.
“We need to finish our investigation into the IRS’s abuses and receive the Inspector General’s final report,” Camp added. “This legislation will ensure that Treasury does not rush to put this rule into effect, which it can do as soon as the end of this month, and can process the over 23,000 public comments already received.” That had climbed to more than 70,000 comments by today.
Citizens United warned Friday that it's ready to go to court over all rules regarding spending by 501(c)(4) organizations.
“Ever since Citizens United’s landmark victory for free speech at the U.S. Supreme Court, President Obama’s stated goal has always been to use every lever of government to thwart political speech. From the failed attempts to pass the DISCLOSE Act, to now using the IRS like a Chicago political hit squad, President Obama and other liberals want to chill the First Amendment so that any dissenting views to the Obama agenda are snuffed out," said David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United. "As we have done in the past in Citizens United v. FEC, Citizens United is prepared to litigate any rules changes that infringes on the rights of Americans to speak freely about the political process.”
The Senate version of the House bill to stop the IRS rule is sponsored by 40 senators including GOP leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and John Thune (R-S.D.).
A week ago, 29 senators sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen urging that he drop the proposed regulations.
"The IRS is not the appropriate agency to regulate political activity as the proposal delineates given its lack of subject-matter expertise and role as impartial administrator of our nation's tax laws," the letter said. "At a minimum, the IRS should not finalize any regulations related to political activity that would jeopardize the rights established by the First Amendment or be applied selectively to tax-exempt organizations."