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Johnson: IRS as a political weapon is unacceptable

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Washington, May 15, 2013 | comments

Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in response to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recent admission of targeting conservative groups.

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Remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, during a commencement address in 2009 President Obama  “joked” about the IRS auditing university officials for failing to award him an honorary degree.

“Now fast forward to last Friday when we learned that the IRS has been targeting conservative groups.

“Mr. Speaker, the misuse of the IRS’ power is no laughing matter.   As Chief Justice John Marshal once said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

“Folks and groups back home seeking to express their support for our hard-fought freedoms and liberties … for limited government … for a better America … should never be subjected to intimidation because of their political beliefs.  Never!

“The use of the IRS as a political weapon is unacceptable.   What’s worse this is the same agency that will be enforcing Obamacare. 

“We must hold those responsible accountable, that’s why the Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing this Friday.

“The American people deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

“If you are as outraged as I am, call the White House at 202-456-1414.

“We must make sure this never happens again.”

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