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Arrest -- more explaining to do on Capitol Hill is a house committee holds a hearing into the agency's lavish and I mean lavish.
Spending on employee conferences the tax agency shelling out.
Fifteen million dollars of your hard earned money.
Going to videos like these featuring IRS -- showing off their line dancing -- performing parodies of Gilligan's Island -- star track.
Those videos were at that time they were made or attempted to.
In a well intentioned way use humor.
The Star -- video to open the conference.
Dance video was used to close the conference.
They -- not occur today.
Based on all the -- -- right to exist and frankly.
There were not appropriate at that time either mr.
chairman and the fact of matter is is.
And I apologize.
Elect -- mr.
-- actually played Mr.
Spock in the Star Trek parity.
Joining us now congressman James Lankford a Republican from Oklahoma he sits on the committee holding today's hearing he's also chairman.
Of the Republican policy committee -- congressman thanks for taking a few minutes I have to guess that most Americans are -- -- An angry.
Over the kinds of things we're now learning we're just gonna put up on the screen for them.
To read its fifteen million spent on 225.
Managers flown to California they spent four point one million on Mac conference.
For event -- 60000 for video.
-- my favorite was 111000 for happiness -- for congressman should all the people.
Who organized and approve these conference is beef.
Should have strict discipline if not gone entirely the these conference and costing more than a 100000 dollars.
Had to go up the food chain and be approved by higher ups this was approved by higher ups and that's what's amazing they're supposed fear accountability network built and so this doesn't happen even the people higher up approved -- well they didn't track receipts and be able to turn in all the receipts they didn't negotiate for lower rates.
This is the stuff that if an American taxpayer didn't set I don't have -- my receipts to be returning year they would face serious penalties on it but the IRS said.
We we just don't have all of it in addition to that they took money from one account that was does need to hire employees.
And then they transferred over this conference to pay for their conference because they didn't want to lose it at the end of the year again moving money not keeping receipts not dragging it's not acceptable.
Why -- these people even have to go to conferences because you know we have these new little things called telephones and you know Internet emails and you can even teleconference.
Right from your office up.
I I'm not sure I'd get it can't congress actually passed a law.
It's simply a -- -- all off site conference's.
We have severely limited travel already known as one of things that house represented start working on two years ago to try to limit this because we solve this.
You -- -- -- a picture of how things are really changed.
2010 we had this fifty million dollars fans.
Now with the IRS doing its training doing all the stuff is now six million dollars so congress has stepped in already and tried to severely limit this.
And say we can use Skype we can use all kinds of technology we -- conference people land.
There -- a lot better ways to do this and then you just look at the incredible waste.
The GSA is there one remembers the famous photo the man of about seven Las Vegas.
That GSA conference was held in my city of Oklahoma City for years before that -- cost 345000.
The year they moved to Las Vegas it costs almost a million dollars to the exact -- event so we watched this huge rise in -- conferences in 2010.
They're wasting -- money and it's got to stop.
You know -- Only two managers so far have been disciplined they've been put on leave at the I arrests.
And one of them is actually in charge of overseeing the implementation.
Of Obama care.
Do you think that another agency.
Given all that's happened that the IRS needs to be put in charge of implementing obamacare and not.
These folks at the Ira.
Us I believe gives a different agency should have done this in the first place number one I don't think we should have the Obama -- laughing -- the worst way to be able to do it.
They promised it would cover 47 million Americans now we know it's only gonna.
Cover about fifteen million there's -- 31 million still uninsured.
So they're gonna do all this massive change for a very small return on it.
For individuals and they did just massive shift of taxes and put the burden on IRS and we've said from the very beginning this is the wrong way to do it.
The more -- things unfold the more that we really see this is the wrong way to do it let me -- we continue to push for repeal.
Let me get a quick answer to this from this amount of time senator Ted Cruz is now calling for the I -- to be abolished.
He said let's do it all at once -- task -- make it simple and a small small agency.
Will do the collection good idea.
It is a good idea to build a united ever abolish the IRS and -- sounds like extreme statement.
You have to have some mechanism be able collect taxes well that's the new a new agency is a -- great advantage.
But we have to have a more efficient way to do this is actually fair -- shouldn't worry about and not being -- not because of what -- politically believe that's absurd -- -- for good to see you thank you.
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