The House is set to vote on legislation Wednesday afternoon regarding delaying an upcoming IRS rule for one year that Republicans believe has to do with the IRS targeting conservative organizations over their tax exempt status. The law placing the delay on the rule, entitled the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, was proposed by Rep. David Camp (R-Mich.), the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. The rule prevents 501(c )(4) groups from performing voter registration or get-out-the-vote drives, even if the organizations claim that they are non-partisan. 501(c )(4)s are deemed social welfare organizations under the tax code.
Republicans want to freeze the finalization of the rule for one year and restore the 501(c)(4) standards and definitions that were in place before conservative groups started to come under extra scrutiny. The White House argues that stalling the House bill could prevent the IRS from administering the tax code more effectively and from providing greater clarity to organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Even if the bill passes the House, it will likely be voted down in the Senate and the White House has promised to veto the bill if it makes it that far.