Every year, millions of Americans hope to get a refund from the IRS. Now, Congress is looking for a de-fund. House Republicans are aiming to slash the embattled agency's budget by 24% in the next fiscal year. A bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee would grant $9 billion to the IRS for next year, down from $12 billion in the current year's budget and far short of the $13 billion President Obama requested for the agency in his budget plan. Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) told Fox's Neil Cavuto this is about sending a message. "This cut simply says look, clean up your act, follow the recommendations of the inspector general, stop the frivolous funding on bonuses to conferences, and by the way, stop covering up these patterns of abuse."
Those patterns of abuse include recent revelations about the IRS' targeting conservative groups, while spending millions on lavish employee conferences and videos. "They're using their enforcement dollars to pursue a political agenda based on political beliefs," says Brady. " We don't think they have the credibility to enforce the 23 taxes and all the mandates within ObamaCare either, nor is there confidence among the American public that they'll protect our taxpayer information once we give it to them."
The bill limits funding for conferences, bonuses or videos without prior review, and also blocks the IRS from involvement in ObamaCare. That includes transferring money to the Department of Health and Human Services or enforcing the individual insurance mandate. "Right now, (the IRS) is probably the least credible organization in the federal government," says Brady. "They've got some changing to do."