McConnell fast-tracks House IRS bills

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE is fast-tracking two House-passed bills cracking down on the Internal Revenue Service through the Senate. 

The Kentucky Republican placed the House legislation on the Senate calendar Monday. The move allows the proposals to potentially be brought up for debate and a vote, though neither has been scheduled. 


One proposal would prevent the IRS from hiring new employees until the Treasury Department either certifies that no agency employees have seriously delinquent tax debt or issues a report explaining why it cannot make that certification. Democrats argue the legislation would undermine customer service by making it more difficult for the agency to hire new employees. 

The White House Office of Management and Budget added that the legislation is "unworkable" and "unnecessary," though it stopped short of specifically issuing a veto threat.

"The bill could result in the IRS being prohibited from hiring any new employees for any purpose — a drastic and counterproductive step that would compromise tax administration and taxpayer services," the OMB said in a statement. 

The second proposal would block the IRS from spending the user fees it collects without approval from Congress.

The White House warned that President Obama would veto the legislation if it reaches his desk, saying it would have "detrimental effects" on the IRS and "increase the burdens on taxpayers."

Both proposals passed the House last week largely along party lines. 

If Senate Republicans want to get the bills through the upper chamber, they'll need the support of at least six Democrats to overcome procedural hurdles.