GOP lawmaker: IRS furloughs a stunt

The IRS recently informed employees that furloughs occur on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30, a list which includes several days clustered around federal holidays. The furloughs will mean that the IRS’s public operations, including taxpayer assistance centers and phone lines, will be closed.

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Brady’s statement, and the IRS announcement, comes around the same time that a host of federal agencies are disclosing their own furlough plans. The White House, for instance, said Monday that furloughs were unavoidable at the Federal Aviation Administration, an outcome which could lead to delayed flights.

Republicans have generally said that the Obama administration is trying to score political points, and using the flight delays as part of their case to roll back the $85 billion in sequester cuts.