Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Statement after House Oversight Committee Passes Resolution to Censure IRS Commissioner

Jun 15, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a House Resolution 737:

“I applaud the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, for passing a resolution to censure Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen.

“After unlawfully targeting conservative tax-exempt organizations for extra scrutiny, the IRS had an obligation restore accountability and transparency to the American taxpayer. Yet, Commissioner Koskinen failed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and answer legitimate allegations that he failed to comply with a congressional subpoena, which resulted in the destruction of key evidence, provided false statements during his sworn testimony, and did not notify Congress that Lois Lerner’s emails were mysteriously missing.

“The Commissioner has clearly acted in a manner that is not fitting of his office and has lost the trust of the taxpayers—this resolution censures corruption at the highest level of a department which should be above reproach. I look forward to voting in support on the House floor.”

This week House Republicans stood up for taxpayers, passing the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, critical legislation that stops the politicization of government and blocks the IRS from collecting the names of donors to tax-exempt organizations.