IRS Actions Outrageous and Disturbing

Senator Bob Corker
2013-05-18 11:49:44
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/1277156967_Twitter_48x48.png] [link 1] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FacebookIcon_thumb.png] [link 2] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/YoutubeIcon_thumb.png] [link 3] *E-MAIL UPDATES* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** Click Here [link 4] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Update from Senator Bob Corker May 17, 2013* *IRS Actions Outrageous and Disturbing* In a letter [link 5] Wednesday to President Barack Obama, Senator Corker joined Senate Republicans in demanding that the administration fully comply with congressional investigation requests on how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups. The senators outlined concerns regarding conflicting responses from the nonpartisan agency and said it is imperative the administration work with Congress to restore public confidence. Last week, Senator Corker called initial reports that the IRS inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews �outrageous [and] disturbing.� �As I said last year, all nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status should be treated fairly and equitably by the IRS,� said Corker. �The IRS�s admission that its employees were specifically targeting conservative groups � including groups in Tennessee � is outrageous, disturbing, and will further erode Americans' trust in the federal government. Swift and decisive action should be taken to punish those responsible and to assure the American people that these actions will not be tolerated at the IRS or any other federal agency.� Last March, Corker joined Senate colleagues in asking the IRS [link 6] to treat all nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status fairly in the designation process. In a follow up letter last June, Corker and colleagues asked the IRS [link 7] to clarify what authority allowed them to request confidential donor information from organizations applying for tax exempt status. *Administration Continues to Stonewall American People on Karzai Cash* Following up on a May 2nd letter [link 8] to President Barack Obama, Senator Corker sent a second letter [link 9] to the president on Tuesday seeking an explanation for reports alleging the U.S. has made millions of dollars in secret cash payments [link 10] to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the past decade. �As I indicated in my earlier letter, our assistance to Afghanistan should have long since evolved to a carefully coordinated, fully transparent effort across federal agencies with appropriate congressional oversight to ensure U.S. aid meets our national interests. These secret payments lack any kind of accountability, encourage the very kind of corruption we�re trying to prevent in Afghanistan, and further undermine U.S. taxpayers� confidence in our government,� said Corker. �I believe a prompt response to how these payments meet our objectives in Afghanistan is warranted.� At a White House press briefing on Tuesday, MSNBC�s Chuck Todd followed up [link 11] on Senator Corker�s requests for answers from the president, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to respond. The administration continued to stonewall the American people at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday, when Senator Corker asked Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman whether the alleged payments help prevent corruption in Afghanistan. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/05-16-13_FRC_for_Newsletter.jpg] [link 12] Speaking yesterday on CNN about his continued quest for answers, Senator Corker wondered how the U.S. would react to other countries providing these payments. "[T]he fact we're taking suitcases full of cash and giving it to this democratically elected leader and possibly to relatives in other parts of the country, to me that is totally the antithesis of what [our] country represents," said Corker. "If we knew Russia or Iran or some other country was delivering suitcases full of cash to the Afghan president, how would we view that? I don't know why we're doing this...I want a public explanation as to why our country would be engaged in this kind of behavior."� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/05-17-13_CNN_for_Newsletter.jpg] [link 13] The Hill: Lawmakers explode over CIA cash payments to Afghanistan�s Karzai [link 14] *Demanding Accountability for Benghazi* In a letter [link 15] to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez last Friday, Senator Corker and committee Republicans requested [link 16] a hearing on the deadly Benghazi terrorist attacks to examine new revelations �regarding the level of security leading up to the attacks and how the State Department and the administration responded to the attacks,� in addition to the lack of accountability for State Department officials who remain on paid leave [link 17] despite their role in security failures that left the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya vulnerable to attack. �It has been nearly eight months since the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, and numerous questions remain unanswered regarding the level of security leading up to the attacks and how the State Department and the administration responded to the attacks. As the committee of primary jurisdiction, we believe that it is our responsibility to conduct additional oversight of our government�s preparation and response to the attack on our diplomatic facilities that took the lives of four brave Americans,� wrote the senators. Nooga.com: Bob Corker, senators request additional Benghazi hearing [link 18]

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Update from Senator Bob Corker
May 18, 2013

IRS Actions Outrageous and Disturbing

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Last week, Senator Corker called initial reports that the IRS inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews �outrageous [and] disturbing.�

�As I said last year, all nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status should be treated fairly and equitably by the IRS,� said Corker. �The IRS�s admission that its employees were specifically targeting conservative groups � including groups in Tennessee � is outrageous, disturbing, and will further erode Americans' trust in the federal government. Swift and decisive action should be taken to punish those responsible and to assure the American people that these actions will not be tolerated at the IRS or any other federal agency.�

Last March, Corker joined Senate colleagues in to treat all nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status fairly in the designation process. In a follow up letter last June, Corker and colleagues to clarify what authority allowed them to request confidential donor information from organizations applying for tax exempt status.

Administration Continues to Stonewall American People on Karzai Cash

Following up on a May 2nd to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the past decade.

�As I indicated in my earlier letter, our assistance to Afghanistan should have long since evolved to a carefully coordinated, fully transparent effort across federal agencies with appropriate congressional oversight to ensure U.S. aid meets our national interests. These secret payments lack any kind of accountability, encourage the very kind of corruption we�re trying to prevent in Afghanistan, and further undermine U.S. taxpayers� confidence in our government,� said Corker. �I believe a prompt response to how these payments meet our objectives in Afghanistan is warranted.�

At a White House press briefing on Tuesday, MSNBC�s Chuck Todd on Senator Corker�s requests for answers from the president, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to respond. The administration continued to stonewall the American people at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday, when Senator Corker asked Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman whether the alleged payments help prevent corruption in Afghanistan.

Speaking on CNN Thursday about his continued quest for answers, Senator Corker wondered how the U.S. would react to other countries providing these payments. "[T]he fact we're taking suitcases full of cash and giving it to this democratically elected leader and possibly to relatives in other parts of the country, to me that is totally the antithesis of what [our] country represents," said Corker. "If we knew Russia or Iran or some other country was delivering suitcases full of cash to the Afghan president, how would we view that? I don't know why we're doing this...I want a public explanation as to why our country would be engaged in this kind of behavior." 

The Hill:

Demanding Accountability for Benghazi

In a despite their role in security failures that left the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya vulnerable to attack.

�It has been nearly eight months since the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, and numerous questions remain unanswered regarding the level of security leading up to the attacks and how the State Department and the administration responded to the attacks. As the committee of primary jurisdiction, we believe that it is our responsibility to conduct additional oversight of our government�s preparation and response to the attack on our diplomatic facilities that took the lives of four brave Americans,� wrote the senators.

Nooga.com: