Amodei: House Congressional Oversight is Alive and Well
Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5485, the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, legislation providing funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Small Business Administration, and several other agencies:
“Every day, I’m asked, ‘Why don’t you do something?’ This bill ‘does something’ by removing funding from executive agencies that have become political tools of the Administration,” said Congressman Amodei. “Specifically, this legislation invests wisely in the critical programs and agencies we need to enforce our laws and help small businesses, while targeting agencies with a proven track record of misconduct. Congress has an obligation to provide proper oversight when it comes to the management of taxpayer dollars, and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, this is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Brings the agency’s budget below FY08 levels, which is sufficient for the IRS to perform its core duties, including taxpayer services and the proper collection of funds, but will require the agency to streamline and make better use of its budget. Additional provisions included in this bill prohibit the IRS from targeting groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs.
Affordable Care Act (ACA)– Includes provisions to stop the IRS from further implementing ObamaCare, including a prohibition on any transfers of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to the IRS for ObamaCare uses, and a prohibition on funding for the IRS to implement an individual insurance mandate on the American people.
Small Business Administration (SBA) – Contains critical funding for the SBA to provide much needed support to veterans programs and women’s business centers.