Skip to comments.Rep. Istook, R-Okla. was responsible for the insertion of the provision... Developing...
Posted on 11/21/2004 5:21:35 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
FLASH: Rep. Istook, R-Okla. was responsible for the insertion of the provision... Developing...
-- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday that "accountability will be carried out" against whoever slipped a provision into an omnibus spending bill that would have allowed two committee chairmen to view the tax returns of any American.
What was Istook trying to do?
I really like the guy in general.....
What was his goal?
Was is Istook, or one of his staff members? Earlier reports were that this action was taken by staff.
Shoulda know it was one of our own. What the Sam Hell was he thinking?
lets see what he says..tomorrow
i will bet he has to say something after this.
Istook has had so many problems with his staff.....
I'll wait to see what he says about this tomorrow.
Is he planning on running for Senate somewhere, or knows someone who is and wants the returns?
Sure would like to see the Kerry family returns, but not like this.
If he had a backbone, he'd fire the troublemakers.
Thats what I'd like to know.
How about if we look at their tax records?
How would they like that?
he should fire the lot of em
You take Matt Drudge hype for the truth?...... Now it maybe that there is something to the statement but until it's further examined I'd take anything Drudge says with a grain of salt..... It was mentioned sometime back that it was staffers that did the do so who knows.....
It's Sunday night and Drudge has a radio program about to air....
He's gotten rid of a few troublemakers..but others have popped up.
Probably some little Yalie on the staff. You know the type, fresh out of school, never held a real job before, think they know how to run everyones lives, etc. Washington is full of 'em. That's what Hillary was about 30 something years ago.
Bush is pushing tax reform, and Istook pulls this stunt. If Istook plays chicksh** tomorrow, heads should roll in his office, including his.
Whoever is responsible for it- here's hoping there's ACTUAL accountability.
this incident is a shocking disgrace.
What do you mean 30 yrs. ago the bitch hasn't changed her spots she still thinks she's better able to run your life than you are.
If it is him he's got to go. What the hell was he thinking?
If it was his staff he's got to clean house immediately. What the hell were they thinking?
Omnibus bills are a dumb idea.
Right. Never said she changed. The rest of 'em don't change much either.
Maybe I'm just jaded by politics, but I honestly thought something like this was already possible. Surely, if (for example) terrorism is suspected with one or more individuals, law enforcement and government officials would have been able to get the tax info regardless of this provision introduced by Istook?
Details, please. I'm needing ideas for my next blog article.
If it was a staffer, it just shows the incompetancy on the part of elected officials that runs rampant in the halls of Capitol Hill.
Somebody mentioned Istook's name earlier, before Drudge posted this. No source was given.
I wonder if he was set up? If the bill is that big, how did the people who complained about it find it and object to it, unless they knew about it from a leak from Istook's office, or maybe even fed it to them?
Pure speculation at this point, I suppose.
found at: http://www.dailyinterlake.com/articles/2004/11/21/ap/headlines/d86gjb980.txt
Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Intel Bill
Posted: Sunday, Nov 21, 2004 - 05:05:12 pm PST
By JIM ABRAMS
But there will be a delay in getting President Bush's signature. The hang-up is because of a single line in the bill that would have given two committee chairmen and their assistants access to people's income tax returns.
The Senate approved a resolution nullifying the idea; House leaders promised to pass it on Wednesday. Then, the spending bill will head to the White House.
"I have no earthly idea how it got in there," Frist said on "Fox News Sunday." "But, obviously, somebody is going to know, and accountability will be carried out."
Frist referred to the bill Saturday night as the "Istook amendment," and congressional aides said it was inserted at the request of Rep. Ernest Istook Jr., R-Okla.
Istook, chairman of the House Appropriations transportation subcommittee, said in a statement Sunday that the Internal Revenue Service drafted the language, which would not have allowed any inspections of tax returns. "Nobody's privacy was ever jeopardized," the statement said.
I don't like them for this simple fact. People are always trying to slip things into it.
There are many Republicans who have become RINOS and not because they are liberal.
So, is this all a big to-do over nothing?
Tinfoil?,I think not.
Be nice if freepers waited for all the facts before bashing anyone!
This could be big! That could completely jeopardize her 08 run.
Istook just proved he had no clue what HIS OWN amendment included. Instead of fiddling around and luncheons and cocktail parties, these people the voters send to do the peoples work should do the peoples work and not hob-knob with media elites and Hollyweird clowns in their off hours.
Don't you just love it when "they" call for an investigation on who did it? (Which by the way, whoever did it should pay) whoever signs onto something like this should pay too, wonder if they ever thought of that??
"Probably some little Yalie on the staff."
I didn't know there were any Republicans at Yale for a GOP Congressman to hire.
Istook now denies his remarks, but Kochendorfer stands by his statement.
Strange stuff... (But there were a lot of strange things related to the OKC bombing...)
As far as I'm concerned, "the jury's still out" on Istook.
Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee can already do this (look at returns)?
"The provision, written by the IRS, was intended to give top appropriators the same oversight authority now afforded to leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, Scofield said."
found at: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/nation/2911481
Nov. 21, 2004, 3:22PM
Spending measure OK minus provision
Senators express concern over an attachment allowing for an IRS inquiry; NASA gets boost
By GEBE MARTINEZ
"It's not my fault," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, as he pounded his lectern with his fist in frustration with the last-minute snag that threatened to derail the bill.
"It's a terrible way to do business," Stevens said, agreeing with other Republicans who said they were surprised by the income tax return language and had no intention of snooping on U.S. taxpayers.
"We would never use that. We did not seek this authority. We are as appalled (as Democrats)," Stevens said.
Senate Democrats who inadvertently discovered the income tax wording blamed House members for what they said was a "breathtaking arrogance of power."
"This arrogant provision is open to enormous abuse and takes us back to some of the worst days of American government," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
House leadership aides said the controversy was a knee-jerk reaction to a misunderstanding of the provision, which was inserted by Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., whose House Appropriations subcommittee oversees the IRS.
"It was not any surprise," said John Scofield, spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee.
"The Senate was in the room when it was negotiated."
The provision, written by the IRS, was intended to give top appropriators the same oversight authority now afforded to leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, Scofield said.
He added that in two instances, the House Appropriations Committee was denied access to IRS facilities even though the panel oversees spending.
Is Istook the Ron Artest of congress?
He's got an (R) next to his name.
If this situation were turned around..and Democrats had inserted this into the bill, they would be crying foul over how it was found out.
Must be. I never heard of either one until today.
"What was his goal?"
my guess - he probably didn't read it. Probably some sneaky lobbyist persuaded someone on his staff to insert it. Just a guess though. Will be interesting to see how it shakes out. If Istook came up with it on his own he will get burned.