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Senator Roberts Calls for Finance Hearings on IRS Intimidation of Conservative Groups

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today said he wants a full accounting from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of its actions to intimidate conservative political groups by subjecting them to additional agency reviews. Senator Roberts is a member of the Senate Committee on Finance oversees the IRS.

"This misconduct was most certainly agenda driven politics and bias gone unchecked, despite the IRS's best attempts to claim otherwise. A mere apology will not be sufficient to ensure Kansans, and all Americans, will not be singled out and harassed by an agency of the federal government for their political beliefs. I call on Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch to hold a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee to give the American people a full accounting of efforts by the IRS to address this problem immediately and to determine if there are other problems at the agency. If something this unlawful was occurring, what else is going on?"

Last year, Senator Roberts joined Senate Finance Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in sending letters to the IRS requesting information about these improper reviews.


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