Leader Cantor Talks IRS & Transparency on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper
June 4, 2013
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Political Targeting By IRS Is Unacceptable: “Chairman Darrell Issa, Chairman Dave Camp and the number of other Chairmen involved in the oversight process are doing a fantastic job at trying to stick to uncovering the facts and getting to the truth. If you look at the situation with the IRS, I think it's a big concern of a lot of people in this country because what we've seen is a President who, number one, has said he wasn't connected with the activity yet the expectation is, this is his Administration, it's the Obama IRS. We've just not heard what the truth of the matter is. Meanwhile, the concern is, an abuse of power. When you have an Administration that somehow supports the notion that you could use a neutral instrument of government like the IRS, a tax enforcement agency, to go after political opponents, that's just unacceptable. That's not what we do.”

Republicans Are A Party Of Ideas: “We are a party of ideas. We actually embrace robust debate and dialogue, and you'll see in our agenda what we have done is taken a conference of individuals who are passionate about the privilege of being a voice for the people and putting that to work to see how we can affect the dream of a more prosperous and more secure America.”

Cosponsor.Gov Is A Commitment To Transparency: “Cosponsor.Gov is an online destination to engender a national conversation about things going on in Washington. All folks have to do is go click onto Cosponsor.Gov and they can become a cosponsor of any legislation that's been submitted for consideration in the House as individuals, and it is all legislation, those supported by Republicans and Democrats. It's part of our continued attempt to live up to our commitment to transparency in government. At the end of the day, this is the people's government. Washington ought to be working for the people, not the other way around. When the people see all of this nonsense going on at the IRS and the Administration losing its focus on the people, it's things like Cosponsor.Gov which I think come back and say to the constituents we represent that we mean it when we say we're here for you, please join us in this debate.”