A mid-level House aide reportedly said that he was the one who added the controversial provision in last month's spending bill that would have given staffers on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees access to Americans' tax returns.

Richard E. Efford, a 19-year veteran of the House Appropriations Committee, said that he didn't inform any elected official before inserting the provision and advised his immediate boss, Rep. Ernest J. Istook Jr., R-Okla., only after it was too late to make changes, according to The Washington Post.

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