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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

14-H3865 on Jan 14, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act
Source: H.R.3865 & S.2011
Congressional summary:: Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act: Requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standards and definitions in effect on January 1, 2010, for determining whether an organization qualifies for tax-exempt status as an organization operated exclusively for social welfare to apply to such determinations after enactment of this Act. Prohibits any regulation, or other ruling, not limited to a particular taxpayer relating to such standards and definitions.

Proponent's argument in favor (Heritage Action, Feb. 26, 2014): H.R. 3865 comes in the wake of an attack on the Tea Party and other conservative organizations. The current IRS regulation is so broad and ill-defined that the IRS applies a "facts and circumstances" test to determine what constitutes "political activity" by an organization. This test can vary greatly depending on the subjective views of the particular IRS bureaucrat applying the test. IRS employees took advantage of this vague and subjective standard to unfairly delay granting tax-exempt status to Tea Party organizations and subject them to unreasonable scrutiny.

Text of sample IRS letter to Tea Party organizations:We need more information before we can complete our consideration of your application for exemption. Please provide the information requested on the enclosed Information Request by the response due date. Your response must be signed by an authorized person or officer whose name is listed on your application.

  • Have you conducted or will you conduct candidate forums or other events at which candidates running for public offices are invited to speak?
  • Have you attempted or will you attempt to influence the outcome of specific legislation?
  • Do you directly or indirectly communicate with members of legislative bodies?
  • Do you have a close relationship with any candidate for public office or political party?

Also see the related Senate bill S.2011.


  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups
  • Headline 2: Sponsored prohibiting IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups

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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14-H3865

Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat until 2004; now GOPFeb 10, 2014



Republicans participating in 14-H3865

Michele Bachmann s1oMinnesota Republican (retiring 2014)Feb 5, 2014
Joe Linus Barton s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 3, 2014
Dan Benishek s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Diane Black s1oTennessee RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Marsha Blackburn s1oTennessee RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Kevin Brady s1oTexas RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Vern Buchanan s1oFlorida RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Dave Camp s2pMichigan Republican (Retiring 2014)Jan 14, 2014
John Carter s1oTexas RepublicanJan 28, 2014
Chris Collins s1oNew York RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Kevin Cramer s1oNorth Dakota RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
John Culberson s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 5, 2014
Scott DesJarlais s1oTennessee RepublicanJan 17, 2014
Randy Forbes s1oVirginia RepublicanFeb 3, 2014
Virginia Foxx s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Trent Franks s1oArizona RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Jim Gerlach s1oPennsylvania Republican (retiring 2014)Feb 10, 2014
Phil Gingrey s1oGA Republican ChallengerFeb 10, 2014
Louie Gohmert s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Bob Goodlatte s1oVirginia RepublicanJan 28, 2014
Samuel Graves s1oMissouri RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Morgan Griffith s1oVirginia RepublicanFeb 14, 2014
Gregg Harper s1oMississippi RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Vicky Hartzler s1oMissouri RepublicanFeb 3, 2014
Tim Huelskamp s1oKansas RepublicanFeb 3, 2014
Bill Huizenga s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Robert Hurt s1oVirginia RepublicanFeb 3, 2014
Lynn Jenkins s1oKansas RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Sam Johnson s1oTexas RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Mike Kelly s1oPennsylvania RepublicanJan 16, 2014
John Kline s1oMinnesota RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Cynthia Lummis s1oWyoming RepublicanFeb 5, 2014
Kenny Marchant s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Tom McClintock s1oCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)Feb 10, 2014
Candice Miller s1oMichigan Republican (retiring 2016)Jan 15, 2014
Mick Mulvaney s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanFeb 3, 2014
Kristi Noem s1oSouth Dakota RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Rich Nugent s1oFlorida RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Devin Nunes s1oCalifornia RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Alan Nunnelee s1oMississippi Republican (deceased 2015)Jan 28, 2014
Pete Olson s1oTexas RepublicanJan 28, 2014
Erik Paulsen s1oMinnesota RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Scott Perry s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Ted Poe s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Tom Price s1oGeorgia RepublicanJan 28, 2014
Tom Reed s1oNew York RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Dave Reichert s1oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012)Jan 16, 2014
Jim Renacci s1oOhio RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Todd Rokita s1oIndiana RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Peter Roskam s1oIllinois RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Paul Ryan s1oPOTUS RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Steve Scalise s1oLA Republican challengerJan 28, 2014
Aaron Schock s1oIllinois Republican (resigned 2015)Jan 16, 2014
Pete Sessions s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Adrian Smith s1oNebraska RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Jason Smith s1oMissouri RepublicanFeb 5, 2014
Lamar Smith s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 14, 2014
Steve Stivers s1oOhio RepublicanJan 28, 2014
Pat Tiberi s1oOhio RepublicanJan 16, 2014
Tim Walberg s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 4, 2014
Randy Weber s1oTexas RepublicanJan 17, 2014
Joe Wilson s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanFeb 10, 2014
Kevin Yoder s1oKansas RepublicanFeb 14, 2014
Todd Young s1oIN Republican Senate ChallengerJan 16, 2014



Independents participating in 14-H3865

Charles Boustany s1oLA U.S. Rep and Republican Senate ChallengerJan 16, 2014
Tim Griffin s1oAR GOP Lt.Gov ChallengerJan 16, 2014



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 64
Independents: 2


















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