Tuesday of this week, the House Ways and Means Oversight Committee invited all members of Congress to offer their ideas to reform the IRS. Only one Texan not serving on the Ways and Means Committee took the time to show up and offer their ideas on reforming the IRS.
Empower Texans wants to salute Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) for making it a priority to attend and express his priorities.
Now that Empower Texans is spending more time looking at the DC Swamp, please expect us to hold all Members more accountable for what they say in Texas but what they won’t do in DC.
No longer will merely voting the right way on a matter you had little influence to shape be counted as a Gold Medal worthy of continued re-election.
No medals for Congress but the respect of voters is earned when you show up to committee hearings and mark ups and offer amendments to rein in the bureaucrats and reassert Congress’ Article I powers.
Respect is earned when you diligently prepare for committee hearings, dig into the substance of the topic, and grill the potential witnesses like a prosecuting attorney.
All too often, members of Congress walk into a hearing to solely ask their 5 minutes of questions (with cameras clicking) without following the context of debate. Then, they leave.
As an aside, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina announced his retirement this week. He singlehandedly could teach most of the Texas delegation how to professionalize their actions so we can begin restoring the freedoms many in the Deep State are taking away.
It is time Members of Congress take their committee work seriously. Our readers are watching because the disinterest in the IRS reform hearing demonstrates Texas Members either don’t care or can’t prioritize. Either way, it’s a sad situation for Texas delegation… and Texas taxpayers.
P.S. Is there one among you who will use the upcoming Continuing Resolution bill to defund Lois Lerner’s pension?

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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