IRS Accountability, “unbalanced” budget amendment, and Gorsuch after one year

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin wrote a column back in January urging the Trump administration to get Internal Revenue Service (IRS) back on track after years of the agency evading regulatory oversight of its tax rules.

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“The IRS should be held to at least the same standard — if not a higher standard, given its power over every single taxpayer in the nation, both individual and corporate — as every other executive branch department and agency,” Martin wrote in her column. “[President Trump] can direct his Treasury secretary to direct his general counsel to update the 1983 memorandum of agreement between the Treasury general counsel and the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and he can direct his new IRS commissioner to oversee a rewrite of the internal revenue manual to accomplish proper review.”

It seems that the administration is following her advice! This week, the Treasury and OMB released a joint “Memorandum of Agreement” that would give regulatory authority to the budget office and would hold the IRS to the same standards as other regulatory agencies. Martin released a statement this week regarding the agreement:

“We applaud President Trump and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney for restoring regulatory oversight for tax rules coming from the Treasury Department and the IRS. For more than three decades, the IRS has evaded the kind of standard oversight of its rule-making process that applies to every other federal agency. Bringing its rule-making process back into the OIRA orbit, where it should have been all along, will ensure that Treasury’s rule-making is subject to the proper constraints.”

It’s about time the IRS was held to at least the same standard, if not a higher standard, given their power over taxpayers. Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund applauds President Trump and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney for restoring regulatory oversight for tax rules coming from the Treasury Department and the IRS.


To “make up” for the passage of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill and caving to the left’s demands, House Republicans are planning to pass a balanced budget amendment that would actually make things even worse. They were keen on passing Goodlatte’s balanced budget amendment which doesn’t contain a simple spending limitation provision. That is problematic because the amendment wouldn’t be able to prevent tax increases and help eliminate the deficit. Martin wrote a column in The Hill explaining these concerns — as well as a proper solution.

“As any congressional intern could tell you, there are two ways to eliminate a deficit: cut spending or raise taxes. Given Washington’s history of failure at actually cutting spending, which do you think would be more likely?” Martin wrote in her column. “Worse, if this particular amendment were ever to be added to the Constitution, I’d be willing to bet my last dollar that some left-wing group somewhere would bring a legal challenge before a left-wing judge, demanding a tax increase to eliminate the deficit, and that judge would likely agree. So we’d end up with unelected judges dictating tax increases.”

If they really want to demonstrate fiscal discipline, they should throw out the amendment and call for rescissions of wasteful and unnecessary funds.

“They could start by rescinding the $500 million appropriated for Planned Parenthood, or the $50 million appropriated to fund international family planning, or billions in foreign aid, including $200 million for promoting democracy in Europe, or the additional $2.4 billion appropriated for Community Development Block Grants, or the additional $1 billion appropriated for the transportation project grant program inaugurated by President Obama’s “stimulus” package.

It’s time to put fiscal responsibility into practice on Capitol Hill! In order to keep their promises to their constituents and take advantage of the opportunities that will make a difference, Republican lawmakers need to make better-calculated decisions like rescinding unnecessary funds.


This week, Justice Neil Gorsuch celebrates his first year since he was sworn in to the Supreme Court. Not only has he made a big impact on the court, he has shown he’s the perfect pick to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“As just one example, the Plessy v. Ferguson decision — the one that codified the barbaric “separate but equal” designation of African-Americans — stayed on the books for almost 60 years. This is why the president’s nomination of Justice Gorsuch, and the duration of his service on the court, is so pivotal,” Martin wrote in an op-ed. “With a long demonstrated record of honoring the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, and his unapologetic testimony along those lines during several days of confirmation hearings, Justice Gorsuch was confirmed to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In subsequent public appearances, Justice Gorsuch stated his commitment to the originalism and textualism in judging cases: ‘Neither is going anywhere on my watch.’ His friend Justice Scalia would have been proud.”

Let’s hope that President Trump will continue to make wise decisions when nominating any federal judge for the better of our country.


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What You Need to Know this Week

Victory! Administration restores regulatory oversight at IRS and Treasury Dept.

Jenny Beth Martin wrote a column back in January urging the Trump administration to get Internal Revenue Service (IRS) back on track after years of the agency evading regulatory oversight of its tax rules….
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Jenny Beth’s Journal: Gorsuch is an example of what our courts need

It’s been a year since Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court and not only has he made a big impact on the court, he has shown he’s the perfect pick to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia….
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Jenny Beth’s Journal: House GOP should create and pass a rescission package

To make up for the passage of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, House Republicans are planning to pass a balanced budget amendment that would actually make things even worse….
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Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Weekly Report from Washington for 4/9/18

The Senate will return Monday and stay in session through Thursday. The House will return Tuesday and stay in session through Friday….
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