GOP Senator Unveils Bill To Block Funding For New IRS Agents Under Obamacare

Seizing on the unfolding IRS scandal, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) on Wednesday introduced legislation to prevent the IRS from receiving any additional funding under Obamacare to implement the health care law, such as the hiring of new agents.

“News that the IRS has been targeting conservative groups violated the trust that the American people place in their government,” Heller said in a statement. “Nevadans are already concerned about ObamaCare, so the fact that Congress could hand over even more power to an agency under intense scrutiny to enforce the health care law is deeply concerning. The ‘IRS Accountability Act’ suspends funding for new ObamaCare IRS agents because right now we can’t trust the IRS to do its job.”

Heller threatened to unveil the bill in a letter to the Obama administration on Tuesday.

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