Republicans are attempting to pass a spending bill for fiscal year 2017 that would freeze funding for the Internal Revenue Service, the Washington Examiner reported.

Spending on the agency would be frozen at $11.2 billion, which is below the level of funding it received in 2008.

“Republicans have either cut funding or held funding level for the IRS over the last several years, after the IRS targeting scandal erupted under President Obama,” the article states. “The IRS admitted it had been slow-walking applications from right-leaning groups that were seeking tax-exempt status.”

While the bill allow $2.1 billion for the agency to provide core duties such as taxpayer services it bans funding for bonuses or the ability to rehire former employees.

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