The House voted to block performance bonuses for senior Internal Revenue Service executives Wednesday, The Hill reported.
“Giving out bonuses is ludicrous and amounts to a slap in the face to the American public,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, who introduced the amendment. “They should not be given performance awards in the wake of one of the largest scandals in recent history.”
The amendment passed by a vote of 282-138-1, with only Democrats voting against it.
“To suggest and paint with a broad brush the whole IRS and say that everyone there at the senior level is not worthy of a bonus or not worthy of our respect is really to do a disservice to public service employees,” said ranking member Democrat Rep. José Serrano. (RELATED: Steve Stockman Files For Lois Lerner’s Arrest)
The House also passed an amendment prohibiting the IRS from spending money on conferences, with Rep. Ron DeSantis noting that one recent conference alone cost more than $4 million. (RELATED: Lois Lerner Announced Targeting At 2010 Conference)
These are just the latest move in the House’s war on the IRS. Earlier this week it voted to slash the IRS’s budget by $1.14 billion, motivated by anger over the Lois Lerner targeting scandal.
“The IRS is guilty of targeting innocent Americans, now … I am targeting them,” said Rep. Gosar, who also sponsored of one of the amendments that dramatically cut funding.
Well, let’s see if they stick to their guns and force the Senate to vote on this, or if it’s just another feel-good bit of grandstanding to make it look as if they’re doing something – when they really aren’t.