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We -- our house Republicans are moving forward with a plan to significantly.
To the IRS after months of scandal in hearings on wasteful spending within the agency.
Lawmakers want to slash three billion dollars from the IRS budget that would be a quarter.
Of their entire budget but Democrats say that they think this is just about politics is a quote.
Republicans are ready to -- any devices to score points but they're trying to do is use the IRS they just become a political play thing.
Let's bring in Florida Republican congressman Ander Crenshaw who crafted the IRS budget cut he's the committee.
-- chairman of the subcommittee on financial services and general government also on the house appropriations committees are welcome good to have you here today.
Great to -- you think this is obviously an area that the public is.
I would say the polls show they're very supportive of reining in the IRS is not anybody's favorite agency I think is fair to say.
And given what we've seen with the standing for conservative groups and in some cases some.
A progressive groups as well as well as the wind dancing and -- many of these conventions I think that you there would be broad support.
To cut their budget somewhat -- are you going too far here as the Democrats say and and sort of.
-- -- No I don't think we're going too far at all because.
When you look at it very clear that the IRS has betrayed the trust of the American people you just mentioned it there's not only targeting groups there to single them out.
And -- them and harass them not only -- wasting taxpayers' dollars to have these lavish conferences all around the country.
Not only producing these -- dancing videos and and paying bonuses when that most Americans don't even have a job so.
We are trying to get their attention and to say listen.
Unless you spend the money you have more correctly.
And -- you clean up your act you're not gonna get any more money yeah they actually asked for a billion dollars more this year -- a billion dollars more we should.
You've got to spend the money you have in the first place and we're gonna give you -- cut and we're gonna put in place some safeguards to make sure this doesn't happen again.
I mean it is it's shocking when you look at it twelve billion dollar budget.
And the IRS is arguing that they need another billion dollars that they would have that the golf I think a lot of folks would say it asks for a billion dollars more.
Given the wasteful spending that we've seen.
They're saying you know we are so short staffed we can barely managed.
What we have to do on our workload.
And and I think that's tough for our people swallow when when they see this kind of expenditures on not.
Maria let me say one thing -- they they were asking for more money for their enforcement division.
And yet they were taken money out of the enforcement funds and putting on these lavish conferences 11 conference cost four million dollars all by itself.
They paid probably a quarter of a billion.
Bonuses over the last several years and of course they say we need more money.
We say you need to clean up -- Iraq need to spend the money you have we're gonna hold you accountable and that's what we're trying to do.
Well I guess can you know -- is is that question that a lot of viewers might ask because what they see is.
House Republicans repeatedly outraged about overspending and all over the place in Washington.
And then it gets to the senate nothing happens nothing ever changes and everybody's budget goes up in the end nobody gets fired and what was -- -- getting paid for the summer.
Well we're gonna do everything we can and that's why you know they still have nine billion dollars the talk about a three billion dollar cut they've still got nine billion dollars and one of things we say not -- do we cut your budget but we put some restriction in there we say no more bonuses unless you sit down and and and justify those things don't work.
Videos in the war but for democratic support for those for those ideas.
Well right now we're gonna have to pass this through the house with a Republican majority.
Behind -- we're gonna sit down and go to for the conference but he let -- tell you one thing they wanted 440 million dollars of new money to implement obamacare.
And one of things we say in our.
Did you can't use any money to implement the individual mandate in other words people don't trust the IRS they they don't trust -- -- their taxes and they sure don't trust and -- health care and yet.
They want 440 million dollars more to implement the obamacare.
Yeah that someone other part of this.
We'll see how goes for you and -- thank you very much for talking with us today we'll be watching that -- looked.
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