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Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe co-sponsoring bill targeting IRS

Oklahoman Published: May 15, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's senior U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is co-sponsoring a bill filed amid reports that the Internal Revenue Service specifically targeted conservative groups.

Inhofe announced Wednesday that he was an official co-sponsor of the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act of 2013. Inhofe says the bill would make it a crime for an IRS employee to target an individual or group based on their beliefs.

Inhofe also joined with all 45 Republican senators in signing a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the administration to fully cooperate with investigations into the matter.

The U.S. Treasury Department's Inspector General has issued a report that found that for more than 18 months, the IRS specifically targeted conservative groups, including tea party groups. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation.