Rep. Price: 'Administration's Arrogance Knows No Bounds'

Monday, 20 May 2013 04:47 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Georgia Rep. Tom Price says he has added more than 40 co-sponsors on his proposed bill that would prohibit Sarah Hall Ingram, the former head of the IRS' tax-exempt division, from overseeing the agency's Obamacare office.

"The arrogance of this administration currently knows no bounds. ... Ingram was running the tax-exempt division ... responsible for targeting all sorts of individual groups and citizens,'' Price said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.

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"She did such a great job she was promoted and put in charge of the IRS division in charge of the implementation of the president's healthcare law. It's imperative that she step back,'' the Georgia Republican said.

The bill would stop employees of the IRS from working on the administration of Obamacare, which fully kicks in next year.

Price, vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget; member of the House Ways and Means Committee; and member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce,  also wants Hall to testify before Congress.

"She needs to ... testify about what she knew and when she knew it and then we need to get somebody responsible and honest and forthright and sincere who's going to work on behalf of the president in this area,'' he said.

"Not somebody who's been an employee of the IRS, the political side of the IRS.''

Price said he was stunned by the remarks of Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser, who, on a Sunday morning news show, said the question of whether laws were broken in the IRS scandal was “irrelevant” to the fact the agency’s actions were wrong.

"It'd be humorous if it wasn't so doggone serious. This is chilling stuff,'' Price told Steve Malzberg.

"You've got IRS ... asking a book group, 'What books you read?' ... Asking a church group, 'What is the content of your prayers?' This is the kind of information they believe they need in order to determine whether or not somebody ought to have a tax-exempt status? It begs the question, what's the 'wrong' content of prayers?''

Price said the scandal "exposes the soft underbelly of this administration. ... They know no bounds, they have an arrogance that is absolutely astounding, and their culture of intimidation continues to grow.''

He asked citizens angered by the IRS scandal to call their representatives and ask them to support his bill.

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