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S. 1777 (117th): Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act

About the bill

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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 20, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


48 Cosponsors (48 Republicans)



May 20, 2021

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S. 1777 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1777. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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