Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeSenate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Overnight Healthcare: Medical cures bill finally heads to White House Overnight Energy: Trump taps EPA foe to head agency | Energy reform bill officially dead MORE (R-Utah) and Jon TesterJon TesterRed-state Dems face tough votes on Trump picks Montana Republican warns of Senate challenge to Tester Vulnerable Dems ready to work with Trump MORE (D-Mont.) introduced a bill Thursday that would ensure an independent inspector general investigates allegations of misconduct within the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Inspectors General are true watchdogs who save taxpayer dollars and help deliver better services to Americans,” Tester said. “This bill is a common-sense measure that makes sure taxpayers are getting the level of service they expect and increases oversight of an agency.”

S. 2127, the Inspector General Empowerment Act would give the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) jurisdiction throughout the DOJ.

Lee and Tester said the law was necessary because current law requires allegations of misconduct at DOJ to be investigated by an agency that reports to the Attorney General rather than the autonomous OIG, as other federal agencies do.

“The rules that apply to inspectors general in other federal agencies should apply at the Department of Justice,” Lee said. “Current law invites undue influence from the Attorney General’s office into the process and should be changed to ensure the integrity of investigations of misconduct within the Justice Department.”

Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBusiness groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality Senate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas MORE (R-Iowa) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are co-sponsoring the bill.