Blumenauer at Ways & Means Markup on IRS: Hold Congress Accountable, Too

April 13, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, during a Ways and Means Committee markup, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) offered an amendment to H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, to make sure that Congress is held to the same standards it places on the IRS. The underlying legislation (H.R. 1206) would deny the ability of the IRS to hire employees until it has determined no employee has delinquent tax debt. Representative Blumenauer’s amendment extends this limitation to Congress. Unfortunately, the Committee barred consideration of this amendment on technical grounds.
“Ironically, the House of Representatives has a delinquency rate four times that of the Treasury Department. If the purpose of this legislation is compliance and example setting, there is no question it should also apply to Congress. To do otherwise would be rank hypocrisy,” said Representative Blumenauer.
Representative Blumenauer will offer this amendment to the Rules Committee prior to floor consideration of H.R. 1206. He also plans to introduce separate legislation on this topic.