Rhode Island Congressmen Voice Disapproval of IRS

May 28, 2013

Rhode Island’s two U.S. senators are weighing in on the IRS scandal.  The agency charged with collecting taxes has been targeting conservative groups for special attention in their applications for tax-exempt status.

It’s been two weeks since the IRS scandal broke and we still don’t know who authorized the targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny on their tax exempt applications.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse believes the practice of targeting groups with the words “Patriot” and “Tea Party” in their names started among low-level functionaries at an IRS office in Cincinnati.

"Yeah, I think they were looking for the identification of that as a screen to sort all those applications for the ones that were political instead of public benefit. So why didn’t they use the words ‘democrat’ and ‘progressive’? I don’t know."

Senator Jack Reed said the White House could have done a better job disseminating information on the unfolding scandal.

"I think they came into this late. This was something that was percolating at the middle level, the upper level , the IG of the IRS. His report, I believe, was issued just this spring. And I think a lot of people were just sitting back and waiting for him to issue the official report."

Both senators said those responsible must be held accountable.

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