House Passes Seven IRS Bills Tied to Administrative Issues

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April 15 — Seven bills tied to IRS operations and taxpayer rights passed the House, including legislation to prevent political witch-hunting by the agency, advocates said.

Republicans said the bill (H.R. 709) would halt a practice that never should have happened. The Internal Revenue Service wrongly targeted organizations for their political beliefs, said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

“That is tyrannical,” he said on the floor before the April 15 vote. “That is beyond the pale. And that, with the passage of this bill, will be illegal.”