WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted in favor of legislation to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from unfairly targeting tax-exempt organizations based on their political affiliations. The Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act (H.R. 3865) would impose a one year delay on a rule proposed by the Obama administration to narrow the standards that an organization must meet to attain 501(c)(4) status. These new standards would violate the First Amendment by prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from engaging in actions or speech that the administration deems to fall under the category of “candidate-related political activity.” H.R. 3865 would instead mandate that the IRS return to using the standards that were in place prior to 2010 when determining whether an organization meets 501(c)(4) requirements.
“The Obama administration has an unfortunate history of trampling on the rights of the American people, and the newly proposed IRS regulations are no exception,” said Congressman Jones. “I believe today’s legislation is a necessary step to protect our First Amendment rights – particularly given the fact that the IRS has admittedly engaged in discriminatory practices in the recent past.”
In addition, Congressman Jones joined 51 of his House colleagues to demand that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle. Congressman Jones and his colleagues pointed out that no employees have been indicted since the actions of the IRS were brought to light. Rather, the investigation into the scandal is being led by Barbara Bosserman – a known donor to Democratic campaigns and employee of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, which is historically recognized as the most partisan office at the agency.
The letter sent to Attorney General Holder by Congressman Jones and his colleagues is available at the link below.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has been awarded the Family Research Council Action True Blue Award for his commitment to pro-life and pro-family values. Congressman Jones earned a perfect 100 percent on FRC Action’s 2013 scorecard by consistently voting to defend faith, family, and freedom.
“I am honored to be a recipient of this year’s True Blue Award,” said Congressman Jones. “I will continue to be a staunch advocate for the most vulnerable among us – the unborn – while fighting to defend the strong principles of faith and family that I share with my fellow Eastern North Carolinians.”
The complete 2013 FRC Action scorecard is available here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored a resolution (H. Res. 476) in support of individual state authority over academic standards and assessments. The resolution denounces the U.S. Department of Education’s practice of coercion and overreach into state education systems by tying federal funding to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
“Under the Tenth Amendment, authority over our education systems is reserved for the individual states, not the federal government, making the Department of Education’s overreach in this area clearly unconstitutional,” said Congressman Jones. “Furthermore, serious concerns have been raised with the quality of education provided under the Common Core Standards.”
Congressman Jones is a longtime proponent of eliminating the federal Department of Education. The resolution has garnered support from groups such as the American Association of Christian Schools, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Family Research Council, Home School Legal Defense Association, Pioneer Institute, American Principles in Action, and Eagle Forum.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) again asserted his support of the American right to privacy in the face of the government’s unnecessary surveillance of law-abiding citizens – particularly through the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). Congressman Jones is a cosponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act, which would end the mass collection of American telephone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and increase the transparency of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC or FISA Court).
“The American people’s right to privacy has been continually eroded by this administration,” said Congressman Jones. “Passage of legislation such as the USA FREEDOM Act would be an important step in demanding accountability from a government that has broken the trust of the American people and shown a blatant disregard for their liberty. I will continue to be a staunch advocate for privacy and work to end the government’s unfortunate history of infringing on the constitutional rights of the citizens it is meant to serve.”
Congressman Jones has voted against every reauthorization and extension of the Patriot Act since it became law in 2001 and has been a consistent champion of limiting government surveillance of the American people – including voting against CISPA, SOPA, and the FISA Amendments Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following statement regarding his vote against a proposal that would raise the debt ceiling through March 2015 while doing nothing to cut spending:
“Out of control spending is the most pressing issue facing the United States today,” said Congressman Jones. “The national debt has reached an astonishing $17 trillion, yet we continue to spend money that we do not have and borrow billions of dollars from foreign governments – only to funnel much of that borrowed money back overseas to the war in Afghanistan and other foreign aid projects. This bill is merely a license for the government to continue the same reckless, unsustainable cycle. As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I will not stand for a proposal that does nothing to curb wasteful spending.”