The House Committee on Appropriations approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for 2015 last week. In response to complaints from NOM and other pro-family groups, the bill prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from using funds to target groups based on ideological beliefs.
This much-needed provision is aimed precisely at preventing the kind of overreach and abuse of power practiced by the IRS against NOM and other pro-family groups. Our allies in Congress are the only thing between NOM and even more IRS targeting and abuse.
“In order to make these investments and to be good stewards of each and every tax dollar, the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies – such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
"The bill also takes important steps to make the Administration, the Internal Revenue Service in particular, more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer,” Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw said.
Representative Yoder said, "Poor-performing and inefficient agencies, such as the IRS, are targeted for reductions. The IRS is also prohibited from using funds to target groups based on ideological beliefs and [from] awarding employee bonuses."
Chairman Rogers, Subcommittee Chairman Crenshaw, and Representatives Yoder, Graves, and other members of the House Appropriations Committee should be commended for their important work to bring transparency and discipline over the IRS.
Let's give this bill a hand! Call the Appropriations Committee today at (202) 225-2771 and thank them for including conscience safeguards in the Financial Services and Government Appropriations bill.