PAYOUTS COMING?: A Republican senator says the Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year.

PAYOUTS COMING?: A Republican senator says the Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year.

NEW CHIEF'S DIRECTIVE: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office. The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.

NO DISPUTING: The IRS said it is negotiating with its employees' the union over the matter but did not dispute Grassley's claim that the bonuses are imminent.