"SES employees make up less than 1 percent of the federal workforce, yet they received more than 4 percent of the federal bonus dollars," Fitzpatrick said in a statement to The Hill. "Additionally, federal spending on bonuses has outpaced growth of the SES, with spending on SES bonuses increasing 7 percent between 2008 and 2010.

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"Taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill to give bonuses to certain federal employees when agencies and other employees are forced to make tough choices to prioritize spending."

Fitzpatrick introduced the bill with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC); the bill is the House companion to legislation in the Senate, S. 986, from Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillOvernight Cybersecurity: Homeland Security official says Russia likely targeted more than 21 states | Senate approves Trump's NSA chief | Lawmakers unveil bipartisan internet privacy bill Senators debate new business deduction, debt in tax law hearing Russia likely targeted more than 21 states before 2016 election: official MORE (D-Mo.), Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnPension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism Republicans in Congress shouldn't try to bring back earmarks MORE (R-Okla.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Cybersecurity: Homeland Security official says Russia likely targeted more than 21 states | Senate approves Trump's NSA chief | Lawmakers unveil bipartisan internet privacy bill Senate panel to examine Trump officials' election security efforts GOP senator: Congress needs ‘to move on’ from Russia probe MORE (R-Wis.).

The bill was introduced on the same day that Congress was discussing the IRS's payment of nearly $100 million in bonuses over the last few years to its employees, including the senior officials involved in the IRS targeting scandal. Lois Lerner, who led the division of the IRS dealing with tax-exempt organizations, got $42,000 in bonus awards during the time her group was targeting conservative groups for additional scrutiny, and other IRS officials received even larger awards.

On Monday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) asked Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel to get back to him with information about whether President Obama approved some of these bonus awards.