Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., called for an increase in IRS funding, on the theory that budget cuts will “promote more scandals” at the agency that recently admitted to targeting small-government conservatives for inappropriate reviews.

“There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding that could be used for oversight, training, and reform,” Serrano said during a House subcommittee hearing on the IRS today. “At the level this subcommittee is funding right now, we are just asking for more trouble at the IRS.”

The IRS recently apologized for targeting Tea Party groups for inappropriate reviews over the last few years, although the resulting probe revealed that the inappropriate activity was a much broader problem, targeting more groups, than the agency initially acknowledged.

Another House report found that the IRS spent $50 million “to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.”