Sen. Mike Johanns has sent a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) requesting that the committee hold a hearing concerning the recently revealed practices of the Internal Revenue Service targeting specific conservative groups.
According to Johanns' office, it was learned last week that the IRS
singled out political groups to be more closely monitored. Groups with phrases and words like "tea party," "patriot,"
or those calling for reduced government spending were targeted, and in some cases
asked for their donor lists, which is against most IRS policies.
Sen. Johanns said, "Secretary Lew testified
before Congress that politics shouldn't influence the execution of our tax laws
just days before we found out that the opposite has been going on at IRS for
over two years."
"Every Member of Congress,
regardless of party, owes it to the American people to demand answers about
this disturbing practice – including who knew about it and when, who authorized
it, and why it was allowed to continue in secrecy for so long," continued Johanns. "The first step
in getting those answers is calling a hearing, which is what I'm doing today."
The Financial Services
and General Government subcommittee, which Johanns serves as the top Republican, has
oversight of the IRS budget.