The IRS Scandal

Floor Speech

Date: May 21, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HOLDING. The deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is inexcusable, and it raises serious red flags about the agency's abuse of power.

Mr. Speaker, what we see here is an institutional arrogance within the IRS. The American people should be able to trust that the agency responsible for collecting their hard-earned tax dollars will not discriminate against them based on their values or political views. While the Obama administration would have us believe that the IRS' targeting of conservative groups was the result of an increase in the number of nonprofit applications, the data clearly reveal this to be simply untrue.

As if the targeting of conservative groups weren't bad enough, the IRS will also soon become the enforcer of ObamaCare--with the very same person previously in charge of the tax-exempt division at the IRS now in charge of the ObamaCare enforcement division.

Mr. Speaker, we need accountability from this agency and this administration. The American people demand it.