Wasserman Schultz on IRS Scandal: GOP Trying To "Politicize" A "Settled Matter"


REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): They've not gotten away with overtly, directly trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, so instead what they did with this bill is their trying to just basically eliminate the entire financial underpinnings of the law. Getting rid of the individual mandate makes the Affordable Care Act totally financially nonviable, and so, it's essentially the same thing.

What they're trying to do -- which they've continued to try to do and been unsuccessful -- is use this as an election issue. Alex, every election -- including the recent gubernatorial election in Virginia -- that has come down to whether the American people want to repeal Obamacare or whether they just want to fix it, and to have us work together to address some of the concerns they have, the folks who want to fix, not end it, have won every single time. And that's one of the reasons Terry McAuliffe is governor today. So, you know, people just want us to work together.


DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: I was stunned. Not so stunned by who did it, because Darrell Issa, you know, nothing surprises me anymore with his conduct. In the last couple of weeks, in which we have been, on both sides of the aisle, standing up for the rights of the oppressed, trying to make sure that in Venezuela, that dictators there aren't shutting down the opposition. The same thing in the Ukraine.

At the same time, you have a chairman of the Government Oversight Committee literally electronically cutting off the mic of the opposition to prevent him from having any say or participation in the hearing that was focused on an investigation that has been resolved. And that they are purely and obviously, through the cutting off of Elijah Cummings' mic, purely proving here that what they're doing here is just trying to continue to politicize this issue. It is a settled matter.

President Obama has condemned it. The director of the IRS has lost his job over it. Lois Lerner lost her job over it. Heads rolled, as they should have, but, unfortunately, Darrell Issa and the Republicans on that committee have continued to try to use politics to bludgeon this administration and silence any debate or opposition because they continue to bear-hug obstructionism instead of moving forward together.

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