Murkowski Statement on IRS Acting Commissioner Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski issued the following statement after the announcement from President Obama that the acting IRS commissioner was asked to resign on Wednesday.  The announcement comes just days after the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Inspector General (IG) found that IRS officials singled out conservative nonprofit groups for review:

“This is a first step at restoring trust, but it is the first step of a very long road – the administration has much further to go.  The IRS must address all of the issues raised in this week’s Inspector General report and take the corrective actions recommended, as well as appropriate disciplinary action.  The resignation of one man does little to nothing to remove the cloud over this institution.

“The fact remains that before the acting IRS commissioner took his position, the IRS conducted targeted and ideologically-driven reviews of groups that amount to little more than political profiling.  Every question must be answered, every concern must be allayed, and every possible corrective actionn must be put in place to ensure similar incidents do not occur in the future.  Only then will Americans be able to have faith that this apolitical federal government operation which handles our hard-earned money deserves our trust.

“I will continue to track this matter as it unfolds, ask the questions Alaskans want to pose, and work to protect every American of every political stripe from such unwarranted actions by the federal government. This is far from over.”

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