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Stop Government Abuse Week

February 28, 2014
Op-Eds

This week the House voted on several bills that would get Washington out of the way by ensuring Washington works for the people, not against them. Government should be transparent, and shouldn’t abuse its powers. Taxpayers deserve to know that their hard-earned money is being used responsibly and efficiently by the government.

Here are some bills that the House passed to increase transparency:

  • H.R. 1423, the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act: This bill provides taxpayers with a yearly report outlining whether government programs were good stewards of taxpayer dollars
  • H.R. 3308, the Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014: This bill requires that all government advertisements distributed to over 500 people explicitly state that they were paid for at taxpayer expense. Congress already abides by this rule, the Executive Branch should too.
  • H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014: This bill requires agencies to make the process of filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests easier. Americans deserve access to information, and the process should not hinder this right.

The House also passed legislation that would cut down on abuses by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has been accused of targeting organizations due to political beliefs. The power of taxation is one of the most powerful tools the government has at its disposal. It’s unconscionable that the IRS would target political enemies for further scrutiny. The House has acted to end this deplorable practice:

  • H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014: This legislation prevents the IRS from implementing any rule that would target individuals for further scrutiny due to their political leanings.

I came to Washington to fight for you. You deserve a government that is transparent and respectful of the people it is here to serve. It is my hope that the Senate will act on these common-sense proposals quickly, as the American people deserve a government that works for them, not against them.