Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) tonight called for Congress to pass H.Res. 494, a resolution impeaching Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, during a special order on the House floor. The resolution was introduced October 2015, yet has failed to make progress in the House. DeSantis was joined by Reps. Jim Jordan (OH-04), Jody Hice (GA-10), Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Ted Yoho (FL-03).
The charges against Commissioner Koskinen include failure to comply with congressional subpoenas, failure to testify truthfully, and failure to notify Congress that key evidence had gone missing in the investigation into the IRS’ illicit targeting scandal. Last July, DeSantis and Jordan were two of the first members to call for Koskinen’s impeachment, outlining the reasons in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the op-ed.
During the special order, DeSantis made the following remarks: “There is a need to get the truth, but there is also a need for this institution here to stand up for itself. It’s really a question of the House’s self-respect. How much longer can we, as elected officials, allow the bureaucracy to simply walk all over the Congress? We are supposed to be the people’s representatives, we are supposed to be able to do justice for them when the government is not acting appropriately… [There is] no excuse for our failure to discharge our basic constitutional duties.”
Watch DeSantis’ remarks by clicking here.