WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of H.Res 565 and H.Res574. Both resolutions passed the House with Congressman Poe’s support.

 “Today, the House of Representatives responded to the deliberate IRS targeting of conservative groups. Citizens all over America, including an organization within my district, run by Catherine Engelbrecht, have been targeted, intimidated and harassed by the IRS simply because of their political ideology. Treating law-abiding Americans like criminals for their beliefs violates every principle this nation was founded on.

This Administration cannot be trusted in investigate itself. It has been almost a year since we first learned from Lois Lerner that criminal activity had apparently place in the IRS. Members of the Executive Branch were responsible for deliberately targeting and harassing conservative groups attempting to gain 501c3 status.  The President declared this was unacceptable and the Attorney General vowed that anyone who had broken the law would be held accountable. Suddenly in February, the President changed his story, declaring that there had not been “not even a smidgen of corruption” despite what had been found before. The American people want to know their government is not engaged in this kind of Soviet style behavior. It is time to hold someone accountable for this criminal activity so that faith can be restored in our government.” 

H.Res. 565- Calls on Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative non-profit groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

H.Res. 574  is a resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform