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S. 1777: Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act

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Despite its status as a popular punching bag, a 2020 Pew Research Center survey found the IRS had a 65 percent approval rating.


From 2010 to 2012, the Obama administration’s IRS (Internal Revenue Service) slowed down consideration of 298 mostly-conservative organizations that applied for nonprofit status, including specifically singling out ones with words like “Tea Party” or “Patriots” in their names. The IRS also asked for donor information from many of these organizations, which they subsequently admitted they shouldn’t have done.

The IRS also went after left-leaning groups with words like “progressive” in their name as well. However, the efforts aimed at putatively conservative groups earned the most press coverage and sparked the most backlash, likely because the scandal occurred under a Democratic administration.

The IRS’s acting chief …

Sponsor and status

Mike Braun

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Indiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2021
Length: 4 pages
May 20, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 20, 2021

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48 Cosponsors (48 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 20, 2021

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