The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government today approved $11.2 billion in fiscal year 2017 funding for the Internal Revenue Service. The amount reflects no change from the amount the agency was allocated fiscal year 2016, and is slightly more than the $10.9 billion approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week. The funding is about $1.1 billion below the White House’s request.
The bill also features a number of provisions intended to ensure accountability and transparency, including prohibitions on the use of funds for:
- Bonuses or to rehire former IRS employees unless employee conduct and tax compliance is given consideration
- The target of groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs
- The target of individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights
- The production of inappropriate videos and conferences
The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up the measure tomorrow.