FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROTECTED; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 34
(House of Representatives - February 28, 2014)

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           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.

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