WASHINGTON - Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam has introduced an amendment that would reallocate $10 million from the IRS’ enforcement office to the office that advocates for taxpayer rights, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s office.
"This is Roskam’s second bite at the apple: In June 2013, the House passed a bill that would have prohibited the IRS from making any inquiries about the religious and political beliefs of U.S. citizens; it was never taken up by the Senate," the National Review wrote. "Now, he is attempting to use the power of the purse to push back on the agency that many Republicans charge has spun out of control."
Roskam's fiery speech on the House floor included references to Illinois-based Thomas More Society's clients that were asked about their tax exempt organization's prayer meetings.
"I'm trying to get the attention of the IRS ... to tell them you don't have this kind of authority," Roskam said.