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Topic - Ali Ahmad
The IRS is still collecting taxes during the government shutdown, but it isn't sending refunds — and it also has stopped complying with a subpoena to turn over documents to members of Congress who are investigating the agency's targeting of tea party groups.
The top investigator in the House feels a high-ranking IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights and should have to testify about the targeting of conservative groups at the powerful agency from 2010 to 2012.
An attorney for the high-ranking IRS official who ignited the agency's political targeting scandal with a public apology this month plans to invoke her right to remain silent instead of answering questions from top House investigators on Wednesday.
Congressmen and union workers rallied here Tuesday in support of a bill that could help revive the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service by allowing the agency access to $21 billion paid into its retirement fund.
"The IRS has indicated to the committee that their furlough decisions will affect the agency's responsiveness to committee requests, including the outstanding subpoena," said Ali Ahmad, a spokesman for the oversight committee.
"He remains very supportive of local budget autonomy and is continuing to work with stakeholders on a legislative solution," said Ali Ahmad, a spokesman for Mr. Issa.