House Bill would make IRS discrimination a felony

CINCINNATI - In response to recent allegations of improper targeting and investigating of Tea Party members by the Cincinnati Internal Revenue Service offices, U.S. Congressman Mike Turner will file legislation to prevent future discrimination by penalizing federal employees who pursue such actions.

"Americans of all political beliefs have been rightly outraged by the revelation of the IRS' efforts to target certain political organizations. The fact that this could occur with little to no corrective action against those who seek to silence their fellow citizens is unacceptable. That's why I'm taking immediate action and introducing this bill," said Turner.

The House Bill drawn up by Turner, who represents the Dayton, Ohio area in the U.S. House of Representatives, would make acts of discrimination committed by IRS employees a felony, with a penalty of up to $5,000 in fines and 5 years in prison.

According to a release from Turner's office, IRS employees may be terminated for improper conduct at the discretion of their supervisor.

"Americans should not have to wonder if their government is actively looking to subvert them or their political views. We live in a nation where respect for differing beliefs and a vibrant political discourse play an important role in shaping our government. This is about protecting the rights of all Americans, and their ability to freely express their political thoughts," added Turner.

Locally, Cincinnati Tea Party President Ann Becker said she is happy that President Barrack Obama and the Federal government is taking allegations of discrimination by the IRS seriously.

Additionally, she said she does not believe the timing of the IRS report is not acting as a distraction from the ongoing investigation about the terrorist attack on Benghazi and the initial handling of that news by President Obama.

"I am not a conspiratorial person," Becker said.

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