PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, August 1, 2013

Capps Votes To Allow Washington To Run Wild

Votes Against Limiting Bureaucrat Bonuses and Expanded Oversight of Federal Agencies

Today, Rep. Lois Capps voted against the Stop Government Abuse Act, which limits taxpayer-funded bonuses given to Washington bureaucrats, allows federal agencies to discipline and terminate Washington bureaucrats when they are under investigation for serious offenses, and establishes new protections for American taxpayers from the Internal Revenue Service.

The bill increases oversight of federal agencies and places common sense limits on bonuses handed out to Washington bureaucrats.

“It’s inexcusable for Lois Capps to allow Washington to run wild with no oversight of federal agencies like the IRS,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Capps’ brazen vote to allow excessive taxpayer-funded bonuses on the backs of hardworking taxpayers proves her loyalties lie with Washington bureaucrats and Nancy Pelosi.”

The bill comes on the heels of the IRS scandal, where the IRS targeted conservative groups and stifled their free speech. During the IRS scandal, the director of the tax-exempt organization division, Lois Lerner, was put on paid leave funded by American taxpayers. The bill would allow federal agencies to place employees under investigation on unpaid leave.

Lois Capps Votes Against The Stop Government Abuse Act.

(HR 2879, Roll Call #436, 8/1/13)

The Stop Government Abuse Act Limits Federal Bonuses For Federal Employees, Provides Investigative Leave Options For Senior Level Bureaucrats, And Establishes Protections For Americans Interacting With Government Agencies. (“Stop Government Abuse Act,” CQ House Action Reports, 7/31/2013)

Lois Lerner, The Director Of The Tax-Exempt Organization Division At The Internal Revenue Service, Has Been Placed On Administrative Leave. (Ed O’Keefe, “Lois Lerner put on administrative leave by IRS,” Washington Post, 5/23/2013)

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