More than a dozen senators have signed on to sponsor a bill that would stop the Internal Revenue Service from using private debt collectors to collect unpaid taxes.Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. introduced the legislation. Both objected to the plan last year.

IRS Commissioner Mark Everson has admitted that the program will cost more than the agency simply hiring more tax collectors, but under federal budget rules, money spent to hire collectors is treated as a discretionary expense, which Congress had cut.

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