Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after questioning United States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew as to the merits of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) request for more funding in light of recent discoveries the IRS has its own video production studio costing taxpayers $4 million per year to operate:
"This is an outrage. This morning, I specifically asked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew how the IRS can come to Congress seeking more resources when it can easily cut costs and save taxpayers money by discontinuing the production of videos like the Star Trek parody. Rather than agreeing to close the agency's $4 million movie studio, Mr. Lew defended this waste with a straight face.
"This type of behavior exhibited by members of the President's cabinet shows just how out of touch this Administration is with reality. Americans should be livid there is absolutely no concern from this Administration for the constant waste associated with big government gone bad. At a time when our nation has over $16 trillion in debt and annual budget deficits running in the trillions of dollars, every dollar counts. That's why I will continue to root out as much waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars as possible in my position as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight."