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Corridor Residents Weigh In on IRS Scandal
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle demand answers.
“We intend to continue this investigation to get to the bottom of this," said Senator Chuck Grassley during his weekly address.
The bottom of a growing scandal in which the IRS admits to putting holds on requests from tea party groups looking for tax exempt status during the presidential election.
"The IRS's job is to collect money, not to be an intimidating instrument for political hacks," Grassley said.
The IRS admits to using "inappropriate shortcuts" but says the flaws were corrected last year.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promises an investigation.
"It will not just be one city, it will go wherever the facts lead us," holder said in front of a house committee.
People in Cedar Rapids echo the same thoughts as many lawmakers who want to see an investigation into what happened right away.
"As a voter, I would say an unbiased party should do a fair investigation, and the rightful parties should be held accountable,” said resident Latoya Harrington.
"There needs to be an investigation,” said Matthew, a Cedar Rapids resident. “They're just allegations at this point."
Allegations that President Obama has publicly called "intolerable" and "inexcusable."
"I will not tolerate this behavior in any agency especially the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach it has in all our lives,” said the president in a news conference Wednesday.
The president also announced the administration accepted the resignation of Steven Miller, the acting commissioner of the IRS.
As for whether he knew about the scandal, folks in the corridor are torn.
"I don't see how he couldn't have known," Harrington said.
"It's a big government and just for one man to know everything all the details on down the line, I'd be surprised," Matthew said.
Others say this scandal would be a good time to get rid of the IRS all together.
"The internal revenue code needs to be abolished and start over again,” said resident Paul Rhines.