In a most impassioned address, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. dressed down IRS employees and Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George at Thursday’s House Oversight Committee hearing over recently uncovered out-of-control conference spending.
“This is not a training issue,” Gowdy said. “It strikes me as a cultural systemic, character, moral issue.”
Gowdy explained that while the IRS agents were partying in Anaheim and staying in lavish hotel rooms, government employees – including law enforcement officers and teachers – were being furloughed for as much as two weeks.
Telling the story of one of his secretaries, Gowdy’s voice cracked when he spoke of how she came to his office after hours to borrow some money.
“She kept apologizing for having to do it. She kept saying, ‘I’ll pay you back. I’ll pay you back.’ And at exactly the same time that young government employee, single mom was borrowing money for a child’s birthday present, other government employees were staying in $3,500 a night rooms,” Gowdy said. “Other government employees were spending more money on promotional materials than that young women makes in a year.”
Watch the video provided via Gowdy’s office:
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