Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


August 2, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted in support of H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the President’s healthcare law. The law currently gives extensive powers to the IRS, which must administer 47 new taxes and regulations to oversee Obamacare. The bill passed by a vote of 232-185.

"Americans deserve a government we can trust, yet recent IRS scandals threaten that trust and Americans’ privacy," Olson said.  â€œIt's ridiculous to even consider giving an agency that broke its trust with the American public a lead role in implementing any component of this massive law - a law that should be repealed.

"It's past time to repeal Obamacare and start over, which I've voted to do on several occasions. Until we do, at a minimum the IRS should not be involved in any part of this law. This bill helps achieve that goal by putting a stop to the expanding power of the IRS in implementing Obamacare and helping derail the rollout of this terrible law," Olson concluded.

According to the House Ways and Means Committee, “the President’s health care law resulted in the largest expansion of IRS authority in history.” The IRS will have a new role in implementing three cornerstones of Obamacare: the employer mandate, the individual mandate and the tax credits to purchase insurance in the Exchanges.  On May 10, 2013, the IRS admitted to illegally targeting conservative groups for audits. Recent reports also show that the IRS mistakenly exposed thousands of personal social security numbers to the public.



Media Contact: Melissa Kelly