Fifth District Congressman robert hurt (R-Virginia) voted in favor of H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, which sponsors say would prohibit the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from finalizing regulations that seek to curb the speech of groups in a politically-motivated fashion.
“I am pleased the House passed this important measure today as a part of Stop Government Abuse Week,” said Hurt. “The regulations proposed by the IRS appear to single out organizations critical of the Administration in a way similar to the targeting activities in which the IRS engaged in May 2013. The attempts by the IRS to intentionally silence law-abiding groups for political reasons is appalling, and it is a blatant abuse of power.
“The IRS has proven its incapability of carrying out its most straightforward duties in recent months by admitting that it targeted political opponents and limited free speech. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that this most basic right of the American people, no matter their political beliefs, is protected.”