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4:46 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pearce: Restore Accountability In Washington

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014.  The bill adjusts IRS standards for making determinations on 501(c)(4) organizations, in order to better protect Americans from political discrimination.

“Americans were rightly outraged to learn that the IRS abused its authority to bully and discriminate,” said Pearce.  “Still, we have seen no significant action taken by this administration to address this problem—Washington is plagued by a disturbing lack of transparency and accountability.  Today’s bill takes a step in the right direction, protecting taxpayers from being targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs.  Protections like these form the cornerstone of a healthy and free democracy.”

Today’s bill is part of a series of bills in the House this week aimed at stopping government abuse and restoring accountability and transparency.  Yesterday, Pearce voted for H.R. 2531, the Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act, which similarly aims to protect Americans from unfair treatment by their government.