Democratic congressman Jose Serrano made the case that the IRS needs more to prevent the federal agency from more scandals:
"This subcommittee has been given an allocation of $16.9 billion for fiscal year 2014," said the congressman, "which is almost $3 billion below the current sequester impacted level. Undoubtedly this is going to result in massive cuts to the IRS and many other federal agencies. While there are certainly efficiencies that can occur, the conference spending issue comes to mind, the IRS simply cannot sustain itself with this overall funding level. Although I'm certain there are some who would review this as a good step, I disagree. There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding that could be used for oversight, training, and reform. At the level of this subcommittee is funded right now, we're just asking for more trouble at the IRS and elsewhere."