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Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
June 27, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 94 — Daily Edition
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ANOTHER DAY AT THE IRS, ANOTHER SCANDAL
(House of Representatives - June 27, 2013)
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[Page H4096] ANOTHER DAY AT THE IRS, ANOTHER SCANDAL (Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, another day, another IRS scandal is revealed. The Inspector General has identified improper use of taxpayer money by the people who collect taxes--the tax collectors. While the IRS was targeting conservative groups for audits, over 100 IRS employees improperly used government credit cards. ``I'm shocked.'' Tax collectors have been sticking it to the taxpayers with spending only the IRS can get away with, including--listen to this--thousands of dollars on diet pills, romance novels, baby bottles, baby clothes, smartphones, a popcorn machine, bandanas, stuffed animals, sunglasses, ``swag'' like kazoos, and Thomas the Tank Engine wristbands and bathtub toys. There's a lot more. You can't make this up, Mr. Speaker. Were they ever disciplined by the IRS? Of course not. This is the IRS. They are the law. They are the government. Mr. Speaker, it's time to audit the tax man and the tax collectors. The squandered money should be returned in full to the Treasury--with interest penalty, just like the tax collectors charge citizens when they audit us. And that's just the way it is. ____________________