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House GOP Cuts IRS Budget to Limit Obamacare Enforcement
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:24
Written by Justin Credible
When news broke that Democrats used the IRS to target conservative groups, it was a rude awakening for everyone. The agency charged with collecting taxes had been abusing their power by trying to silence their opponents. When this came to light, coupled with the fact that the IRS is tasked with enforcing Obamacare, the word troubling doesn't even begin to describe the situation. The House GOP is cutting the IRS budget by 15% to keep them in line.
Under the Obama regime, the IRS has exploded, primarily because they're in charge of enforcing Obamacare. They were also busy targeting conservative groups that wanted non-for-profit status, a very illegal and scary prospect. Members of the House GOP want to limit this.
From the Washington Examiner:
The Internal Revenue Service is about to get slapped with a harsh payback for messing around with conservative groups, blowing wads of tax dollars on employee conferences and helping implement Obamacare.
The House Appropriations Committee is set to OK an IRS budget of $10.9 billion, $1.5 billion under President Obama's request for fiscal year 2015, reducing the agency's budget to 2008 levels.
The goal is to keep the tax agency focused on its “core duties,” and eliminate efforts to judge the political activities of tax-exempt groups and brake its implementation of Obamacare.
The funding is part of a larger $21 billion bill for several agencies including the IRS, Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. Noting that it cuts $2.3 billion from the president's overall request, Chairman Hal Rogers said, “the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies, such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service.”
The agency has always felt GOP fire, but the controversies over probing Tea Party and conservative groups, lavish spending on conventions and bonuses and a new push to re-evaluate the tax exempt status of political groups has the Republican-controlled House on the war path - one the Democratically-controlled Senate isn't expected to follow when it takes up the same spending bill next week.
Justin Credible is a contributing editor for Habledash.