Confirmation of New IRS Head May Be Blocked

Sen. McConnell opposes nominee


Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Thursday said he opposed President Obama's pick to take over the Internal Revenue Service, putting a dent in hopes of adjourning the Senate Thursday.

McConnell said he would prevent a quick confirmation of John Koskinen as IRS commissioner, a decision that could keep the Senate working this weekend if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) carries through with his threats.

"They just expect the elected representatives of the people to roll over and rubber stamp a new presidential nominee to head the IRS," McConnell said. "They want Congress to forget what happened too, and just move on.