U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) introduced the IRS Anti-Abuse Act, H.R 2025. This legislation makes it illegal to discriminate against organizations and individuals based on political affiliation and ideology. Outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller insisted that the unfair targeting of conservative groups was "absolutely not illegal." This legislation would make that action illegal. The bill also strengthens legal recourse for those wrongfully discriminated against. Arizona Reps. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) and David Schweikert (AZ-06) signed on as original co-sponsors.
Rep. Gosar said, "It's time to fight back against the IRS' bully tactics. If the IRS can target and discriminate against one group of Americans, it can do it to anyone. This is unacceptable. We must restrict the power of government and hold those that defy the rule of law accountable."
Rep. Matt Salmon said, "Freedom of speech and thought are essential tenets of the American system of government. The targeting of any political group by a government agency is unacceptable and shakes the very foundation of our government. Unfortunately, the recent revelation that the IRS was targeting individuals and groups based on their political beliefs violates in a very real way their constitutional protections. This bill is one way we can ensure protection against this abuse of power and restore one of our core freedoms."
Rep. David Schweikert said, "It's not a cause for celebration when we have to introduce a bill to get Washington bureaucrats to do their job right. No matter your affiliation, as Americans we should never fear being subjected to harassment by government employees armed with a political agenda."