House Budget Halts Obamacare, Hits IRS With a 15% Cut
Remember when Obama decided to use the IRS as a way of going after people he didn’t like, and the IRS targeted conservatives? Well, that little move is apparently coming back to bite them now, as the new budget the House Appropriations Committee approved is going to have the IRS feeling the pain.
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. A subcommittee vote is scheduled for Wednesday.
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.
Obama has had a habit of using various arms of the government to target his political enemies, which is frankly to be expected. But the ridiculous part is that Republicans have just been sitting back and letting it happen — so at least they’re finally sitting up and doing something. But it won’t mean much if it stops here.