Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) introduced a bill Wednesday that would revoke the IRS’s ability to audit taxpayers until Congress has investigated the scandal surrounding the agency’s targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups.
“Today I’m calling on Congress to halt the audit authority of the IRS until Congress has had a chance to get to the root of the misconduct within that agency,” Fleming said in a Wednesday statement. “For years the IRS has been using the power of the audit as a political weapon. Consequently, Congress must act to disarm the IRS… The IRS has breached the trust of the American people and its misuse of the authority to audit must be stopped while Congress investigates the breadth of this scandal.”
According to a release from Fleming’s office, the “Audit the IRS” bill would suspend the IRS’s audit powers for 180 days.
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