Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent IRS Targeting, Protect Free Speech


Sens. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) and Pat Roberts (R., Kansas) introduced on Tuesday the “Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act.”

According to a press release:

The bill would protect the free-speech rights of 501(c)(4) organizations by prohibiting for one year the finalization of a proposed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation that would significantly limit the advocacy and educational activities of these groups. The bill would also prevent additional targeting of 501(c)(4) organizations by restoring the IRS 501(c)(4) standards and definitions that were in place before the start of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups in 2010.

“People … across the country are rightly concerned about government overreach and political targeting that we’ve witnessed under this administration,” Sen. Roy Blunt, a cosponsor of the bill, said. “I’m fighting for more transparency and accountability in Washington, and I’m pleased to join Senators Flake and Roberts in this effort to protect Americans’ First Amendment rights.”