H.R. 4903, To prohibit the use of funds by Internal Revenue Service to target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

H.R. 4903

To prohibit the use of funds by Internal Revenue Service to target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Sponsor
Rep. Rick Allen

Committee
Ways and Means

Date
April 19, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4903, to prohibit the use of funds by Internal Revenue Service to target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on April 12, 2016, by Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA), and was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Bill Summary

H.R. 4903 would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from using funds to target U.S. citizens for exercising any rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

 

Background

Since early 2011, the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means have been investigating evidence of possible criminal wrong-doing by IRS employees, including Lois Lerner, the former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, relating to the targeting of conservative organizations.

The House has passed several bills in the 113th and 114th Congresses in response to this IRS targeting activity including:

H.R. 709 – Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act (Renacci, R-OH)

H.R. 1314 – Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act (Meehan R-PA)

H.R. 1058 – Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act (Roskam R-IL)

 

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.