Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed two amendments offered by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Both amendments aim to curb the flagrant abuse of power and taxpayer money by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

One DeSantis Amendment, which passed 264-157, will ban spending taxpayer dollars on IRS conferences. The other DeSantis Amendment, which passed 351-71, will prohibit the IRS from using correspondence systems that are not susceptible to meaningful oversight.

"The systematic abuse of taxpayer money and the attempts to evade congressional oversight at the IRS are an outrage,”? DeSantis said. “As an agency that has been used as a powerful and destructive tool against taxpayers, it is necessary that the IRS is fully transparent to both Congress and the American people.  At a time in which active duty military personnel are receiving pink slips, we cannot allow the IRS to spend lavishly on conferences. And we cannot accept any further obfuscation or evasion from this powerful agency."