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Americans Deserve Answers from this Administration
Over the last several
days and weeks, a series of incidents have further weakened the faith of the American people in their
government. The administration continues to mislead the public on the events in Benghazi that led to
the death of four Americans, including our Ambassador. The Department of Justice secretly obtained two
months of telephone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press. The Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) recently sought private donations from health care industry executives
to help pay for Obamacare. These executives work at the very companies regulated by HHS.
In addition to all of this, there is the outrageous and blatant violation of the First Amendment
by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Last Friday, the IRS admitted that it targeted conservative groups,
including at least one in Indiana, for additional scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status. Targeting
groups based on political viewpoints is a despicable abuse of power and will not be tolerated.
But it doesn’t stop there. We now have discovered that the IRS official who oversaw this scandal-plagued
office was promoted to oversee the IRS department in charge of implementing the health care law.
This is beyond stunning.
An apology from the IRS and the resignation of its commissioner is not enough. I have joined all
of my Senate Republican colleagues in sending the President a letter demanding the administration comply
fully with all congressional inquiries on this matter. No more avoiding, no more delaying, no more stonewalling,
and no more inappropriate responses. It is time for the administration to start answering some questions
for the American people.
The IRS is given the responsibility of carrying out the law. It should never use its powers for partisan
purposes -- ever. Violating that standard destroys the integrity of our government and further erodes
the trust of the American people.
Neither those who make the law nor those who enforce the law can be above the law. The IRS believed
it was above the law when it targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, but now it is the IRS that
will be under scrutiny because of its own actions.
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