Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), called for the suspension of Internal Revenue Service official Sarah Hall Ingram today, citing questions regarding her involvement in the targeting and abuse of conservative and religious organizations at the time she oversaw the tax exemption department within the agency.
His request came after Thursday's House Committee on Ways and Means hearing with new IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel who admitted there was a "lack of clarity in terms of her ongoing role" in administering President Obama's health care law on behalf of the IRS.
"There are still important questions to be answered regarding Ms. Ingram's role in the systemic harassment of conservative and religious organizations by individuals within the department for which she was responsible at the IRS," Rep. Tom Price said. "Reasonable people have legitimate doubts about the trustworthiness of the agency wholly, as well as concerns about Ms. Ingram's previous leadership of the tax exemption department that would preclude her from being able to prudently and impartially enforce the rules and regulations of Obamacare. Until these questions are answered satisfactorily, Ms. Ingram's employment at the IRS should be suspended."
In May 2013, Rep. Price introduced H.R. 2009, Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, which would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from implementing or enforcing any part of President Obama's health care law. It enjoys the support of 110 co-sponsors in the House, a companion bill from Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and the endorsements of several organizations and thought leaders, including Americans for Tax Reform and FreedomWorks.
Rep. Tom Price, M.D., serves as the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over this matter. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent 20 years caring for patients in the metro Atlanta area.