Sen. Mike Johanns has fallen short in an effort to force the Internal Revenue Service to implement changes recommended in wake of its targeting of conservative political action groups.
Johanns, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, proposed the committee recommend $534 million be withheld from the IRS budget until it implements the recommendations made by its Inspector General.
“The credibility of this agency has been shaken, if not shattered. It has demonstrated that it does not deserve, in my judgment, another dime of taxpayer dollars until IRS proves to be more accountable and a more transparent agency,” Johanns tells reporters during a conference call.
The amendment would have withheld the money until the IRS implemented recommendations made by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IG concluded the IRS targeted applications for tax exempt status based on political beliefs.
The amendment failed on a 15-15 tie.
“However, a 15-15 tie is pretty unbelievable,” according to Johanns. “I think it was a very strong statement that people are sick of what the Internal Revenue Service is doing.”