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House, Senate on collision course over IRS cuts

July 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has unveiled slashing cuts to the budget of the Internal Revenue Service, punishing the beleaguered agency in the wake of a scandal regarding its targeting of tea party groups and other non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.

The agency’s 2014 budget would be cut by $3 billion or 24 percent below levels approved in March and 10 percent of its budget for tax enforcement would be fenced off until the IRS implements recommendations by an agency watchdog designed to prevent further abuses.

The IRS cuts come after a wave of bad publicity for the agency including questionable spending on conferences like a lavish $4.1 million event in 2010 which included a “Star Trek” video parody and a $17,000 payment to a motivational speaker who was a

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