Amid reports that the Internal Revenue Service used the American tax system to unfairly target conservatives and subsequent reports that the agency is wasting buckets of taxpayer dollars on conferences each year, some Democratic lawmakers can’t help but think that what the IRS needs is… more money.
Representative Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) said that the IRS is likely going to be at the heart of more scandals because of sequestration and advised the agency’s new commissioner, Daniel Werfel, to seek more funding.
Werfel, to his credit, shot down the Democratic lawmaker’s suggestion minutes later.
“One of the important points I want to make is that the solution here is, in my opinion, not more money,” he said.
“The solution here in this situation is to understand what controls need to be put in place, what oversight, what getting the right leadership in place, the right processes in a collective way,” Werfel continued. “The right starting point has to be what is the optimal footprint or framework for doing this right, then we sit down and figure out what the resource allocation is.”