Restoring Americans' Trust in Government

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-05-17 12:58:17
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, This week, we witnessed actions that make us question the accountability of our government.�From to the abuse of power by the Internal Revenue Service to a failure to answer critical questions on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the American public continues to lose trust in a government that the president seeks to give even more power. On May 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted it improperly targeted conservative political groups for extra scrutiny. In doing so, the IRS has committed an appalling breach of public trust that demonstrates Americans� worst fears of government overreach. Taxpayers should be able to trust their government to fairly apply our laws, regardless of political affiliation. Along with other Republican colleagues, I sent a letter [link 1] to the White House demanding that the IRS be held accountable for its deplorable actions against conservative groups. Despite the resignation of the acting IRS administrator on Wednesday, President Obama continues to search for a scapegoat for his own administration's misdeeds. This insufficient action comes more than two years after this offensive abuse of power, and we need to ensure that this kind of targeting by the government never happens again.�To watch my floor speech on the resignation of the IRS commissioner click here. [link 2] As vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, our national security is my top priority. On Sept. 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The administration has failed to give the American people the answers they deserve about what failures caused the death of these four Americans.� I had been pushing for the release of the Benghazi talking-point paper trail for weeks, and after much pressure on the Obama administration, I am glad to see that the executive branch decided to release these important documents this week.�The delayed release of these documents shows the administration�s unresponsiveness to properly handling these important national security issues, and I believe we must get to the bottom of this to ensure that it never happens again. Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. Senator Chambliss in the News: Obama �Jeopardizing� Partnership between Savannah River Site and Georgia over Plutonium Disposition [link 3] Isakson, Chambliss Praise Senate Passage of Water Resources Development Act [link 4] Chambliss, Isakson, Kingston Urge Obama to Fund Savannah Harbor [link 5] Farm Bill Markup: Chambliss Votes for 2013 Farm Bill [link 6] Farm Bill Markup Opening Statement [link 7] Crop Insurance and Conservation Compliance [link 8] Country of Origin Labeling [link 9] Crop Insurance Provisions [link 10]
May 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week, we witnessed actions that make us question the accountability of our government. From to the abuse of power by the Internal Revenue Service to a failure to answer critical questions on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the American public continues to lose trust in a government that the president seeks to give even more power.

On May 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted it improperly targeted conservative political groups for extra scrutiny. In doing so, the IRS has committed an appalling breach of public trust that demonstrates Americans� worst fears of government overreach. Taxpayers should be able to trust their government to fairly apply our laws, regardless of political affiliation.

Along with other Republican colleagues, I sent a As vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, our national security is my top priority. On Sept. 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The administration has failed to give the American people the answers they deserve about what failures caused the death of these four Americans. 

I had been pushing for the release of the Benghazi talking-point paper trail for weeks, and after much pressure on the Obama administration, I am glad to see that the executive branch decided to release these important documents this week. The delayed release of these documents shows the administration�s unresponsiveness to properly handling these important national security issues, and I believe we must get to the bottom of this to ensure that it never happens again.

Very Truly Yours,

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