Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, released the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee hearing on IRS scrutiny of tax exemption applications :
"Pennsylvanians and Americans across the country deserve to know that the IRS and all government agencies do their jobs without prejudice or political agenda. I intend to hold accountable those responsible for any breach of the taxpayer's trust. Today, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I directly questioned top IRS officials about what took place, who was responsible and what steps are being taken to ensure this never happens again. It is apparent that there were stunning issues of mismanagement at the IRS. Frankly, I was struck by the lack of responsibility and contrition on the part of those testifying today before the Committee. I intend to work with Chairman Baucus and members the Committee on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the American people get the answers they deserve and every appropriate step is taken to rebuild and restore public confidence in this institution."