Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., wants hearings by the Senate Appropriations Committee to on reports that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting conservative groups for review of tax documents.
Johanns is the top Republican on the committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees IRS spending.
Johanns wrote to Appropriations Chairman Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., on Monday asking for the hearings. He noted that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller gave no indication this news was about to break when they appeared before the subcommittee recently to testify on the administration’s budget requests.
“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. The first step in getting those answers is calling a hearing, which is what I’m doing today,” Johanns said.