February 28, 2014 - Issue: Vol. 160, No. 34 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 2nd Session
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROTECTED; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 34
(House of Representatives - February 28, 2014)
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[Page H2068] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROTECTED (Mr. WILSON of South Carolina asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, the American people have lost faith in the President and his administration's ability to serve in an unbiased manner. Sadly, last year's scandal revealed the IRS is targeting organizations who disagree with the President's Big Government agenda. We should never have to worry that our First Amendment rights are in jeopardy because the government opposes our beliefs. Based on last year's revelations, it is clear that these actions were deliberate. The Founding Fathers treasured the rights of freedom of speech and to petition the government, which is why they were protected first in the Constitution. On Wednesday, the House acted in a bipartisan vote to prevent future abuse by passing legislation that bans the Treasury Department and the IRS from implementing new requirements targeting political groups. I hope the Senate will take action on this bill so we can ensure that every citizen's First Amendment rights stand protected. In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism. ____________________