House GOPs Advance 24 Percent Funding Cut to IRS

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) gave a biblical basis for slashing the Internal Revenue Service’s budget in a new House Appropriations effort.

“To borrow from the Parable of Talents, when you are given resources and you do not use them appropriately, you should lose them,” Gowdy said on Fox last night. “And 24 percent is a good place to start. You can add to that a prohibition against money being spent on conferences, videos, bonuses. And we’re also going to make sure they have no role in the implementation of the so-called Affordable Care Act, and I hope that are colleagues agree with us when the bill goes to the Senate.”

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The South Carolina Republican predicted passage of the funding gutting if constituents let their congressmen “know how disappointed they are not from a partisan standpoint, but from an American standpoint.”

Gowdy said he hopes the budget cut will spark “a discussion in this country about an alternative way to collect revenue without the IRS.”

“And we’re not going to get into whether that ought to be a flat tax or fair tax, but some other mechanism, because I cannot stress how little trust the people I work for have in this entity. So a fourth is a big cut. But I have to be honest with you, they have earned every penny of that 24 percent cut,” he said.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the cut “simply says, look, clean up your act, follow the recommendations of the inspector general, stop the frivolous funding on from bonuses to conferences, and by the way, stop covering up these patterns of abuse and open up the IRS, so we can get to the truth, and I think that is fair.”

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“…They need to know that their behavior or lack of reforms have consequences.”

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