Congressman Russell Votes to Increase Oversight of IRS
Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed four bills to increase basic oversight of the IRS:
H.R. 1206 - No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act – Prohibits the IRS from maintaining employees who have outstanding major tax debt.
H.R. 4885 - IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act – Requires the IRS to use collected user fees for user customer service, unless otherwise directed to by Congress.
H.R. 4890 - IRS Bonuses Tied to Measurable Metrics Act - Imposes a ban on the payment of bonuses to employees of the Internal Revenue Service until the Secretary of the Treasury develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy.
H.R. 3724 - Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act - Prohibits the IRS from rehiring former employees who had been fired for cause.
Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke about these four bills saying, “It is quite unfortunate that these bills are necessary, as they seem so simple that they should have been obvious before today. It is also unfortunate that the IRS repeatedly shows bad judgement, whether it stems from targeting conservatives, failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas, or bungling the retrieval of data on its servers. The Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee has also shown that the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen bore false witness before the Committee, specifically shown when I questioned the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives. When asked explicitly about the Commissioner’s testimony on several occasions, TIGTA replied the Commissioner’s answers ‘would appear not to be true.’
These bills will help to rein in the IRS, and hopefully will get it to get back to its proper mission; because when the government harasses the people, especially because of certain beliefs, that is an abuse of power.”