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Blog: Agency Overreach

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Location: Washington, DC

The administration and its agencies have gone beyond their boundaries and have illegally exerted their powers, disrupting our freedom, privacy, and sense of security. We have seen this most recently in both the IRS scandal where we discovered that this independent agency was targeting conservative groups, and in the admission that the Department of Justice was seizing phone records of journalists.

Just today, a constituent told my office that he was wrongly targeted by the IRS.

People have been saying that it's a bad week for the president. It's actually been a bad week (rather, bad years) for all Americans when we lose our sense of security. We are having a hard time trusting that independent agencies will remain independent and that constitutional rights will be upheld. I am glad that the House of Representatives has immediately started investigating these matters and others of utmost importance, like Benghazi. We demand answers.

The House Committee on Ways and Means has launched an IRS investigation website where anyone could share his/her story about IRS political discrimination: waysandmeans.house.gov/irsinvestigation.

In addition, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee maintains a general whistleblower website where people can report abuse or discrimination from any federal agency: https://wb-gop-oversight.house.gov/.

As always, I am here to serve you and represent you in Congress. Please continue to let me know if there is ever something I can do for you.


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