The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) announced that two of Rep. Michelle Steel’s (R-CA) bills – the Stop the Nosy Obsession with Online Payments (SNOOP) Act and the Telehealth Expansion Act – were included in their 12th annual “No Brainers” list of bills that Congress should pass in 2022. To qualify for inclusion on the list, legislation must be a “common-sense solution to a real problem facing taxpayers” that has never been included on previous lists and has bipartisan support. Rep. Steel is the only Member of Congress to be the lead sponsor on two “No Brainers”.
“As a lifelong tax fighter, I am proud to be leading these two pieces of common-sense legislation that will make government work better and more effectively for taxpayers,” said Rep. Steel. “I want to thank the National Taxpayers Union for their support of the SNOOP Actand the Telehealth Expansion Act, and I look forward to continued opportunities to partner with them as I keep fighting for the taxpayers in Orange County and across the country.”
“NTU applauds Congresswoman Steel for introducing not one but two bills on our 12th annual No Brainers list. Congresswoman Steel is the only Member of Congress this year to be the lead sponsor on two No Brainer bills. Her leadership on 1099-K reform, which could help relieve countless taxpayers from paperwork and compliance burdens, and telehealth expansion, which could help push down health costs in the long run, is a testament to the notion that bipartisanship is not dead in Washington,” said Andrew Lautz, Director of Federal Policy for the NTU.
H.R. 6913, the SNOOP Act, would strike a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act, passed into law in March of 2021, that requires gig workers and other small businesses to provide their private, personal information to the IRS. H.R. 5981, the Telehealth Expansion Act, would make permanent a waiver originally created by the CARES Act to allow Americans with Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to access telehealth services without first having to meet their deductible. Both bills currently await consideration by the Committee on Ways and Means.