Today, the House Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) targeting of conservative groups. Congressman Marchant issued the following statement after the hearing:
"I have long been concerned about such discriminatory attacks on first amendment rights by the IRS, and in fact, sent then IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman a letter in March 2012 asking for an explanation of this unacceptable behavior. In an Oversight Subcommittee hearing in July 2012, I followed up with questions on the same topic. In each of these circumstances I was assured that there was no such political targeting.
"These actions by the IRS are outrageous and unacceptable. What makes this even more troubling is that this agency will soon be entrusted with Americans' healthcare information under Obamacare. Because of this, I have cosponsored the Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act, legislation that would prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the president's health care law. In the meantime, my colleagues and I will continue our investigation to find out who knew what was going on and ultimately hold those people accountable for their actions. I commend Chairman Dave Camp and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany for moving forward with a full investigation."