We keep inching closer and closer towards the idea of debtor’s prisons being resurrected, don’t we? The vague wording of this bill would allow for revocation of travel rights for citizens who aren’t even charged with tax evasion but merely have a lien placed against them by the IRS! Comforting thought, isn’t it?
And of course, this charmingly vague little bill is conveniently tied together with funding so that extra ramming pressure can be applied to force this through. Boxer has *vowed* to get the bill passed in order to avoid the Highway Trust Fund from going bankrupt and makes the outrageous claim that somehow 3 million jobs will eventually be at stake…if we don’t allow the IRS to revoke passports of delinquent taxpayers…
Makes perfect sense…if you’re a California fruitcake, maybe…
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law.
Senate Bill 1813 was introduced back in November by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Los Angeles) to “reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes” .
After clearing the Senate on a 74 – 22 vote on March 14, SB 1813 is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to encounter stiffer opposition among the GOP majority.
In addition to authorizing appropriations for federal transportation and infrastructure programs, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP-21″ includes a provision that would allow for the “revocation or denial” of a passport for anyone with “certain unpaid taxes” or “tax delinquencies”.