GOP House Members Lean On IRS To Come Clean Or Face Funding Cuts

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Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee are threatening to tighten the IRS’ “purse strings” if officials don’t come clean about who was involved in orchestrating the Tea Party discrimination scandal.

On Monday, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told acting IRS chief Danny Werfel, “I don’t need to remind you or anybody else that the power of the purse rests with the Congress, and we’re prepared to use that purse to get to the truth.”

Werfel has pledged to address the internal problems he inherited at the agency when he assumed his new role last month.

But so far, no one implicated in the scandal has dared to come forward with specific information about how the scandal began – or who was responsible for the order to quicksand conservative nonprofit groups’ applications for tax-exempt status during President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.