Rep. Paul Ryan: IRS practices still cause for outrage
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning said Americans should still be outraged at the Internal Revenue Service.
During an appearance on CBS’ This Morning, Ryan said that Congress would continue to seek information about who ordered political “targeting” at the IRS. The Republican congressman said lawmakers would also seek to uncover more information about the alleged IRS harassment of groups seeking tax exempt status.
Ryan refused to say that new information about how the IRS handled groups seeking tax exempt status made the situation seem less partisan.
Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) on Monday revealed that the “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) lists at the heart of the scandal put IRS employees on the lookout for both tea party and progressive groups, as well as marijuana-related groups and others.
But Ryan suggested that Congress had found no evidence that progressive or liberal groups were subject to “harassment” by the IRS. The congressional hearings to date have all focused solely on the treatment of conservative groups.
“We don’t know just how deep the harassment and the intimidation occurred of these groups after they were originally singled out. This is what the investigation is for, we are not going to draw any conclusions beforehand,” Ryan remarked. “But we know the IRS did target people based upon their political beliefs. Who cares whether they are right or left? The fact that they’re targeting people for harassment based on their political beliefs should be cause enough alone for outrage.
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