House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act (H.R. 5053). Introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the bill prohibits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from requiring a tax-exempt organization to include in annual returns the name, address, or other identifying information of any contributor.
“Today the House voted to preserve the right to free speech, one of the most fundamental principles in our democratic republic,” said McMorris Rodgers. “After the IRS’s flagrant abuse of power in targeting conservative organizations, it is imperative that we take every step possible to protect the privacy of the American people. By prohibiting the IRS from requiring excessive identifying information of tax-exempt organization contributors, there is an added level of security. I applaud Rep. Roskam for his work on this bill.”