Many of Gwinnett's representatives in Congress were up in arms last week, about the IRS admission that conservative groups were targeted for additional screening.
"It is no wonder that more Americans are losing faith in their federal government as incidents like this one continue to arise," U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said. "We don't need more spin; we need serious answers about fixing this administration's mistakes. Daily, the fibers of trust between government and the American people continue to be torn. Weary of apologies, citizens deserve better."
"The President promised that his would be the 'most transparent administration in history,' so let's end the spin and the cover-ups and lay the facts bare for all citizens to consider."
Next week, Woodall will be directly involved in the issue, when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson took action last week, co-sponsoring two pieces of legislation in response to the controversy.
"The targeting of conservative groups by the IRS completely undermines the American public's confidence in the agency's integrity. We need to get to the bottom of what happened at the IRS because the American people deserve answers," said Isakson, who is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the IRS. "I am proud to co-sponsor these bills to help ensure that this type of outrageous political discrimination never happens again."
Also, Isakson joined his Georgia colleague Saxby Chambliss and other Republican colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama demanding full compliance with congressional investigation requests for information on how the IRS targeted conservative groups.
"Despite the resignation of the acting IRS administrator, President Obama continues to search for a scapegoat for his own administration's misdeeds," Chambliss said in a statement about the resignation. "This insufficient action comes more than two years after this offensive abuse of power. Meanwhile, the American public continues to lose trust in a government that this president seeks to give even more power."
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Camie Young can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.