GOP Convention Platform Bashes IRS

Not surprisingly, the 2016 GOP platform – released as the Republican Party kicked off its convention in Cleveland July 18 – reflects conservative lawmakers’ deep distrust of the IRS and its commissioner John Koskinen. The platform suggest that Koskinen has “lied to Congress, hidden evidence, and stonewalled investigations,” and that he should be impeached. That’s… Read more »

Freedom Caucus Pushing for IRS Impeachment Vote

The House Freedom Caucus is pushing House leaders to hold a vote on a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who conservatives have accused of failing to comply with lawmakers’ investigation into the alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Freedom Caucus members earlier in the week warned House Speaker Paul Ryan… Read more »

House Oversight Committee Votes to Censure Koskinen

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23-15 to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and call for his resignation or removal from his post. The resolution, which is Congress’s way of expressing formal disapproval, was passed on a partisan vote with no Democrats in support. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)… Read more »

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 »