The regulations governing political activity by tax-exempt 501(c)(4) groups should even be strengthened, the New York Times editorial board argued.
Several IRS executives should have paid taxes on travel expenses, a review found.
The Senate’s top tax writer has said he wants to move “quickly” on the incentives.
Sen. Ron Wyden wants to renew more than 50 tax breaks as one of his first goals.
The tax agency received 2.5 percent more returns in the first week of the season than a year ago, the vast majority of which were filed electronically.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), saying it would strengthen the middle class and grow the economy.
“Enhancing the Earned Income Tax Credit should be a bipartisan goal,” Brown said Friday. “The president’s call for action is the first step toward ensuring that Americans who work hard and take responsibility can take home more of their pay each month.”
The Democrats say that 501(c)(4) groups shouldn't be involved in politics at all.
The new Senate Finance Committee chairman, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), said that Congress should press ahead on extending lapsed tax breaks because of the dim prospects for tax reform.
Tax reform got a favorable reception from House GOP at their retreat.
Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman pushed Congress on Wednesday to stop dodging an increase in transportation funding he said was obviously necessary.
In a statement released after a Senate committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the federal transportation bill that is scheduled to expire in September, Boardman said lawmakers has been appropriating just enough transportation funding to get by in recent years.