Rep. Kelly Responds to Lois Lerner Retiring From the IRS

WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, issued the following statement today in response to the retirement of former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner, who previously served as director of the agency’s Exempt Organization Division. She had been on paid administrative leave since May following the agency’s admitted targeting of conservative groups for excessive scrutiny.

“Lois Lerner’s taxpayer-funded paid vacation may be over, but the investigation into the inexcusable discrimination and harassment that happened on her watch has a long way to go. To most Americans, it still very much appears that Ms. Lerner is clinging to her Fifth Amendment rights in order to get away with undermining citizens’ First Amendment rights. Her testimony must still be heard, and her full involvement in the targeting of conservative groups must ultimately be uncovered, assessed, and, if necessary, result in consequences. The American people deserve a government they can trust again. My colleagues and I on the Ways and Means committee will not rest until that trust is restored and the unlawful overreaches of the IRS are brought to a permanent end.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is the original sponsor of the Government Employee Accountability Act, which would grant all federal agencies the power to fire reckless Senior Executive Service (SES) employees (such as Lois Lerner) on the spot, or place them on “investigative leave” without pay. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on August 1, 2013, as part of H.R. 2879, the Stop Government Abuse Act, by a bipartisan vote of 239-176.