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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Ken Buck Amendment Drops Koskinen Salary to $0

June 22, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Congressman Ken Buck introduced an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 to remove John Koskinen as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service by reducing his pay to $0.

Buck’s non-profit, Balance America, was among 426 groups targeted by the IRS for discrimination, even though Balance America simply promoted a balanced budget amendment.

“I experienced IRS abuse first-hand,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “When Congress then investigated the agency’s behavior, Commissioner Koskinen misled us. This is a serious breach of trust. He works for the American people, and it’s time for the American people to fire him. The IRS would be better off without Commissioner Koskinen showing up to work every day.”

Koskinen misled congressional investigators when he suggested that email evidence requested by Congress had not been destroyed by the agency. Congress had requested the email records of former IRS commissioner Lois Lerner in an effort to investigate the agency’s discrimination against conservative organizations. Koskinen not only oversaw the IRS during the time of the evidence destruction, he also told Congress that no records were destroyed. He then waited for months to inform Congress after definitively learning about the evidence destruction.

The change required by the amendment expires on January 20, 2017.

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) is the Freshman Class President. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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