House Passes IRS Donor Identity Bill

The House passed legislation yesterday that would prevent the IRS from gathering donor names from tax-exempt groups. The bill, called the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” was introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), and would prohibit the IRS from asking tax-exempt organizations to disclose the names and addresses of individuals who have… Read more »

Congressional Summer Outlook

As Congress returns from their Memorial Day break next week there are a host of policy issues on their plate to address. Last week Congress left town without being able to reach an agreement on funding to fight the spread of Zika. “Speed is critical. A day, a week, a month can make all of… Read more »

Senate Salaries Remain Unchanged

Last month the Senate Appropriations Committee voted for an appropriations bill that did not include salary increases for Senate staff. A provision preventing salary increases has been in place in the Senate since 2009 and in the House since 2010. Earlier in May the House Appropriations committee adopted by voice vote a measure sponsored by… Read more »

Ryan Looking for “Common Ground” on Tax Reform

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week dismissed President Obama’s “tax-and-spend approach” in his FY16 budget proposal, but said he wants to see where he can find common ground with the White House on tax policy. At a Feb. 3 hearing on the president’s budget request, Ryan said the administration has… Read more »

FCC Considers New Approach to Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is considering a new hybrid approach to rules designed to secure an open Internet, according to a number of media reports. The proposal would establish the FCC’s authority to enforce net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers should treat all traffic on the Internet equally. But unlike… Read more »