Texas senator John Cornyn asked former IRS chief Douglas Shulman to apologize to his constituents for the IRS's wrongdoings. Shulman refused. Here's the exchange:
"Mr. Shulman," said Cornyn, "I wonder if you have any words of apology for my constituents and others who feel like the public trust has been violated by IRS."
"I am deeply, deeply saddened by this whole set of events," said Shulman. "I've read the IG's report, and I very much regret that it happened and that it happened on my watch."
Cornyn asked, "Is that an apology?"
Shulman responded, "To your constituents, I don't know the details of your constituents. I do not know what happened to them. I didn't look at particular constituent and taxpayer matters. I mean, as a general principle, as the IRS commissioner, I didn't touch individual cases, and I certainly didn't touch cases that involved political activity, so if i knew the details of it, I could give you an answer."
Cornyn replied, "So it's not your responsibility? The buck doesn't stop with you?"
The former IRS commissioner claimed, "I certainly am not personally responsible for creating a list that had inappropriate criteria on it. And what I know with the full facts that are out is from the inspector general's report which doesn't say that I am responsible for that. With that said, this happened on my watch. And I very much regret that it happened on my watch."
Texas senator John Cornyn announced this morning that he's offering "National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation" in the Senate, according to a press release from his office.
"U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced an amendment to S. 649 which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines and within other states that also have conceal-carry laws," the press release from his office reads.
Senator John Cornyn, as well as all other 44 Republicans in the Senate, introduced the balanced budget consitutional amendment today in the Senate.
"With more than $16 trillion of debt, including nearly $6 trillion since President Obama took office, we are facing nothing short of a fiscal crisis. Everyone agrees that our nation is on an unsustainable path, but unfortunately as we saw last night, President Obama is incapable of tempering his appetite for more and more spending," says Cornyn in a statement.
Christians United for Israel is bringing 400 leaders to Washington to lobby against Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee to be the next secretary of defense. CUFI, the largest pro-Israel organization in America, announces in a press release:
Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, says he will oppose Barack Obama's nomination of Jacob Lew for Treasury secretary. " Sessions released a statement Thursday afternoon criticizing Lew's nomination. Here's an excerpt:
Jack Lew must never be Secretary of the Treasury. His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies.
Senate aides confirm that Republican senator Mitch McConnell has been reelected minority leader in the Senate. Conservative stalwarts Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio spoke in favor of McConnell's nomination at the closed door session.
It’s bad enough that the administration has repeatedly cut defense spending in the midst of fighting a war but it now appears it is also shirking its duty to make sure those serving in that war are able to vote and have their vote counted.
Texas senator John Cornyn called into question the intelligence of Attorney General Eric Holder earlier today in a radio interview. "Do you think Holder is smart?," radio host Laura Ingraham asked Cornyn. "I have not been impressed with his intelligence," Cornyn responded.