WASHINGTON — Congressman Ronny Jackson (TX-13) spoke on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday to encourage his colleagues to support his proposed amendment to H.R. 4502. The amendment would prevent the IRS from further targeting of people or organizations based on their political beliefs.
The House is expected to vote on the amendment this week. Jackson’s remarks as prepared are below.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of my amendment to H.R. 4502, which would block the IRS from targeting people or groups based on their political beliefs.
Unelected bureaucrats at the IRS have a history of weaponizing their power to go after conservatives. You may recall the Lois Lerner scandal that happened during the Obama-Biden Administration.
In that case, the IRS targeted conservative groups by subjecting their application for tax-exempt status to increased and unnecessary scrutiny, effectively trying to silence their political beliefs.
Now, as President, Joe Biden has made clear that his Administration will weaponize big tech to go after conservatives too.
There’s a trend here, and Congress MUST act. People and organizations should NOT be silenced because of their political beliefs.
If it can happen to conservatives it can happen to liberals too, so every Member in this body has a duty to protect their constituents from potential IRS abuse.
My amendment would help to make sure things like the Lois Lerner scandal NEVER happen again at the IRS, so I ask my colleagues to join me in voting for this commonsense amendment.
Thank you and I yield back the balance of my time.”