White House Claims IRS Has Nothing to do with Tax-Exempt Planned Parenthood, Rep. Kelly Responds

Jul 29, 2015

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FLASHBACK: Kelly sent letter to IRS commissioner last week urging agency to audit Planned Parenthood following “sickening” video revelations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight – issued the statement below today in response to remarks made by White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz at this afternoon’s White House briefing regarding Rep. Kelly’s request that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conduct an audit of Planned Parenthood, a tax-exempt organization which has recently come under severe scrutiny for allegedly harvesting and selling body parts of unborn children, which is illegal.

Re-cap:

After informing Shultz of Rep. Kelly’s letter to IRS commissioner John Koskinen, reporter John Gizzi asked: “Is this something the administration would be positive about—an IRS audit of Planned Parenthood to clear the air of controversy?”

Shultz replied: “I haven’t heard that any of the videos or any of the issues surrounding Planned Parenthood have anything to do with the IRS. … I haven’t seen anything to suggest that that audit is necessary.”

Response by Rep. Kelly:

“It is frankly shocking to hear the White House claim that the IRS doesn’t ‘have anything to do’ with the nation’s most controversial tax-exempt organization. Surely Planned Parenthood, which files a 990 form with the IRS every year, would disagree. Based on what our country has learned from the recently released videos, it is more than reasonable and entirely responsible to insist that the IRS closely review Planned Parenthood’s operations to see whether the group is still operating within the parameters of a 501(c)(3) status. In the weeks to come, I expect the White House and the IRS to reach the same commonsense conclusion and support an audit of Planned Parenthood.”

 

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