Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stop Government Abuse Week

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Yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced #StopGovtAbuse Week, an initiative by House Republicans to "restrain runaway government" and "protect citizens from government overreach." We're sending you this alert because you previously weighed in on a related bill.

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#StopGovtAbuse Initiative Legislation
The House will consider these ten bills, beginning on Wednesday, July 31. (Find it on POPVOX.)
-- Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care (HR 2009): "would prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the president's health care law," according to the bill sponsor. -

-- REINS Act (HR 367): "would require any major regulation -- a rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more as scored by the OMB -- from the executive branch to come before Congress for an up-or-down vote before it could be enacted," according to the bill sponsor. -

-- Citizen Empowerment Act (HR 2711
): would establish certain procedures for conducting in-person or telephonic interactions by Executive branch employees with individuals. -

-- Government Employee Accountability Act (HR 2579
): "would give all federal agencies the mechanisms necessary for agency heads to deal with Senior Executive Service employees, including the ability to conduct "investigative leave without pay" and to carry out immediate termination," according to the bill sponsor. -

-- Government Customer Service Improvement Act (HR 1660
): would require the establishment of Federal customer service standards and improve the service provided by Federal agencies. -

-- Government Spending Accountability Act (HR 313
): would institute spending limits and transparency requirements for Federal conference and travel expenditures. -

-- Common Sense in Compensation Act (HR 1541): would establish limitations, for FY 2013, 2014, and 2015 on the total amount in awards or other discretionary monetary payments which may be paid to any Federal employee. -

-- STOP IRS Act (HR 2565): would give the head of the IRS the ability to fire employees who engage in political targeting. -

-- Stop Playing on Citizen's Cash Act (HR 2769): would impose a moratorium on conferences held by the IRS. -

-- The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (HR 2748): "would require the IRS to respect common-sense taxpayer rights such as the right to be informed and assisted, the right of appeal and the right to confidentiality, among others. This law ensures the IRS Commissioner and IRS employees are familiar with, and abide by, these taxpayer rights," according to the bill sponsor. -

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