Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y, ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee, right, accompanied by Rep. and Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 3, 2013, as acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testified before the subcommittee's hearing into the extra scrutiny the IRS gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Credit: AP
Testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services on Monday, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) said the Internal Revenue Service needs more, not less, funding in the wake of the agency's targeting scandal.
Serrano argued the IRS will be subjected to "massive cuts" and will be not be able to "sustain" itself with the current funding level. He said he disagrees with the agency's critics who believe the IRS should be dismantled.
The New York Democrat claimed that more funding would allow the IRS to provide more "oversight" and "training" for its employees.
"There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding that could be used for oversight, training and reform," he added. "We are just asking for more trouble at the IRS."
Watch the testimony below:
This story has been updated to correctly attribute Rep. Serrano as a Democrat.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)