Cummings Releases New Materials on Republican Resolution to Censure IRS Commissioner: Constitutional Experts Say Resolution is Either Pointless or UnconstitutionalToday, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is releasing new materials—including letters and memos from government and non-governmental legal and constitutional experts—documenting how Republican efforts to censure Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen are either pointless or unconstitutional.
Republicans Concede Inaccuracies in Resolution to Censure IRS Commissioner, But Double-Down on Conspiracy TheoriesDuring a business meeting today before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to vote on a resolution introduced by Chairman Jason Chaffetz to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Republicans admitted one mistake in their flawed resolution, but refused to correct several others. Republicans also rejected the findings of the Republican Inspector General who conducted an exhaustive, multi-year, $2 million investigation and found no evidence of political motivation in screening applicants for tax-exempt status and no evidence that anyone obstructed Congress.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation, S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which includes provisions of a companion bill introduced in the House by former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and current Ranking Member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 makes important changes to the existing Freedom of Information Act passed 50 years ago.
May 26, 2016