Members of Ky.'s federal delegation from both parties want IRS held accountable in scandal

05/16/2013 10:26 AM

Former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller is scheduled to testify at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS scandal Friday morning after his resignation, but some in Kentucky’s delegation say that wont be enough.

While there is already talk of a successor after the resignation of Miller, many in Congress have said that would be premature until a full investigation has taken place. Some are even threatening to put a hold on a nomination if the administration does not cooperate with investigations, according to Politico .

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement that he was glad President Obama was taking action but added that it might be too late.

“If the president is as concerned about this issue as he claims, he’ll work openly and transparently with Congress to get to the bottom of the scandal—no stonewalling, no half-answers, no withholding of witnesses,” McConnell said. “These allegations are serious — that there was an effort to bring the power of the federal government to bear on those the administration disagreed with, in the middle of a heated national election. We are determined to get answers, and to ensure that this type of intimidation never happens again at the IRS or any other agency.”

Many Democrats in Congress have a similar opinion, including U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. Phillip Bailey of WFPL reported Wednesday that Yarmuth believes the actions of the IRS are intolerable and that president needs to be “more forceful” in this situation.

And in a statement to Pure Politics, Yarmuth said something needs to be done to make sure a similar situation never happens again.

“The IRS needs to enforce the law evenly for everyone, and if they haven’t, those responsible should be held accountable,” Yarmuth said. “It’s unfortunate that this controversy could overshadow the public’s demand to limit the influence of big money in politics.”

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