“That’s the case with IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment in testifying before Congress,” Conaway continued. “She’s now on paid leave while Congress continues the agency’s misconduct investigation.”
The Employee Accountability Act was combined with the Common Sense in Compensation Act, which limits the number of senior employees who can receive bonuses each year, and Citizen Empowerment Act, which ensures individuals the right to record meetings with regulatory officials, to form the Stop Government Abuse Act. The omnibus bill passed 239 to 176 on Thursday.
IRS regulations were at the forefront of many of the proposed bills. According to Conaway’s release, House Republicans want to punish the government agency for its hand in targeting conservative organizations with unfair taxes and leaking confidential taxpayer information. Conaway’s release also stated “House republicans are committed to restraining runaway government and reempowering citizens.”
“We’re sending a very strong message to the Obama administration: enough is enough,” Conaway said.
Republicans seemed to find the passage of these 10 bills pleasing, especially after the failure of a major housing and transportation bill on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
In other business this week, the House passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday to deal with spiking student loan interest rates. That bill now only waits for Obama’s signature.
Congress concluded their session this week and has now begun a five-week vacation before they return to capitol hill in September.
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