By Jay Heflin - 09/17/10 09:35 PM EDT
"Lawmakers have an obvious obligation to the American people to lead by example, and should not enjoy a double standard when it comes to paying their taxes," Chaffetz said in prepared remarks. "In fact, they should be held to an even higher standard because of the public trust place on them."
Reports from earlier this year showed that staffers and possibly lawmakers owed $9.3 million in back taxes. A report from 2009 showed federal employees owed a whopping $3.3 billion in taxes.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oka.) has introduced a companion bill to Chaffetz proposal in the upper chamber.
Earlier this year, Chaffetz introduced legislation terminating federal workers who were seriously behind on their taxes. The bill also prohibited the government from hiring someone with large outstanding tax debt.