The Washington Post

The IRS scandal: Who is calling for what

The IRS scandal is only growing, which means members of Congress are calling for all kinds of investigations and the firings of those involved.

Below is a recap of who is proposing what in terms of an investigation:

* House Ways and Means Committee leaders Reps. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) say their committee will spearhead the House investigation.

* Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) says his committee will investigate, as well.

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the investigation of the IRS’s wrongdoing should focus on the White House and that the Obama Administration should cooperate fully and make its officials available.

* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), leaders of the Republican Governors Association, have called for a special prosecutor to determine what laws might have been broken, along with the firing of anyone responsible.

* House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has said the White House shouldn't lead the investigation.

* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has proposed a resolution condemning the IRS and calling for an investigation.

* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) have filed matching bills calling for the firing of any IRS employee who “willfully” violates the constitutional rights of Americans.

* Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is running for Senate, has called for the resignation of Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS's tax-exempt division. “'Sorry' just doesn’t cut it,” Braley said. “There need to be consequences for this violation of the public trust, starting with the resignation of Lois Lerner.”

* McConnell and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have called for the removal of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who reportedly learned about the targeting in 2012. “If the reports are accurate that Steven Miller knew about the IRS’s egregious targeting of conservative groups last year and misled members of Congress about those actions, he should step down or be removed immediately,” Blunt said.

* Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting that no more funds be used for the hiring of IRS agents to help implement Obamacare until the scandal is investigated.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Juliet Eilperin · May 14, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.