Congress Returns With IRS Top of Agenda
Congress returns from its Memorial Day recess Monday and is set to turn more of investigative firepower on the embattled IRS. In the House 2 different committees will hold hearings on the agency's targeting of conservatives, while another will look into lavish spending on conferences at the IRS. More information about the agency's attacks on conservatives are expected to come to light, also, as it responds to official inquiries.
On Monday, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee meets for its look into the scandal. Expected to appear are Dan Werfel, new Acting IRS Commissioner and Robert George, from the Inspector General's office which documented IRS targeting of conservatives.
On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will meet and hear testimony from some of the organizations who were inappropriately targeted by the IRS. Then, on Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Affairs committee will meet to discuss its recent investigation into lavish spending at IRS conferences. While this isn't directly related to the growing scandal, it shines a further light on an agency that appeared to operate by its own rules.
The IRS has missed at least two deadlines from Congressional Committees to provide further details about the scandal. Over the weekend, the IRS reported it was working on compiling the information. Initial reports indicate that the targeting of conservatives was much broader than originally admitted and likely went beyond organizations seeking tax-exempt status. It seems the IRS' full tool-kit was employed against political opponents of the Administration.
The Memorial Day recess wasn't the end of the scandal, but a pause. A lot more will be known by the end of the week.