Gardner Aims to Depoliticize IRS

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced legislation aimed at preventing future politicization at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees (PURSE) Act would add the IRS to a list of government agencies whose employees are specifically prohibited from joining unions that enter into collective bargaining agreements with their agencies. That group currently includes employees of the Government Accountability Office, the FBI and CIA, and the Secret Service.

Gardner’s bill comes on the heels of allegations that the IRS improperly targeted groups based on their political beliefs.

“Excessive government intrusion and investigation into political nonprofit groups rings of intimidation at the highest level,” said Gardner. “Given the role of the IRS in the lives of so many Americans, it is crucial that its employees remain unbiased and administer the law without any political influences. The current policy to allow IRS employees to join a union that enters into collective bargaining agreements creates a number of questions about possible political involvement and political activities.”

Gardner said he believes the bill is, “an important first step in divorcing the IRS from any politically motivated actions.”

The bill has garnered support from groups like Heritage Action and the National Right to Work Committee.

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Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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