Several members of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation expressed anger and disappointment Monday over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (in an interview): “There absolutely needs to be an investigation as promptly and effectively as possible. I say that as a former federal prosecutor who jealously protected the neutrality and confidentiality of the IRS.
“These allegations, if true, are clearly repugnant and reprehensible…and they violate the core ethos of the Internal Revenue Service.”
The incident “takes us back to the Nixonian days of politicized IRS functions, which were put behind us with strong legal protections to individual taxpayers. We need to make sure we zealously safeguard the credibility and trust that the IRS has.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes
(in an interview): “It looks outrageous…It appears there was malfeasance and targeting of group based on their ideology.
“Clearly there’s got to be an investigation here and if it turns out that groups were targeted because of their ideology,” action needs to be taken.
“The people within the IRS, starting with the IRS Inspector General, should be asked some tough questions by the United States Congress.”
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (in a statement): “These are incredibly unsettling allegations that should concern all Americans. It’s completely unacceptable for the IRS to target groups or individuals based on their political views. A full Congressional investigation is warranted, and anyone who acted inappropriately or abused power must be held fully accountable.”
U.S. Rep. John Larson, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has oversight over the IRS and will hold a hearing on the matter Friday (in a statement): “We should never have a situation where any group is singled out for extra scrutiny based on their ideological perspective, and such actions are absolutely inexcusable. Everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law. I commend Chairman Camp for calling a hearing this Friday to fully investigate this matter.”
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (in a statement): “The IRS’s conduct is a disappointing abuse of power. There is no place for this kind of activity in our politically neutral agencies. I hope that those who participated in inappropriate activities are held fully accountable.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (via Twitter): “The actions taken by the IRS should alarm all Americans. A full investigation is warranted.”