[Ed. – Sudden Fiscal Responsibility Syndrome.]
Two key Democrats are questioning the costs associated with Republican-led investigations of the Internal Revenue Service’s controversial targeting actions.
Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrats on the House Ways and Means and House Oversight committees, respectively, issued a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen last week asking how much taxpayer funding and employee time the IRS had dedicated to the probes.
The congressmen estimated that IRS employees have spent a combined 70,000 hours to produce 500,000 pages of documents for 50 congressional requests. They added that the cost of those efforts would be “well into the millions of dollars.”
“This is occurring during a time when there is a need for adequate resources to better serve taxpayers during the filing season,” the lawmakers said. …
The Levin-Cummings letter is the latest in a wave of recent Democratic actions that cast doubt on past and current examinations of the IRS’ targeting actions. They have suggested Republicans are pushing a false conspiracy theory in the lead-up to the 2014 midterm elections.