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Rep. Duckworth Dresses Down IRS Contractor

July 3, 2013

If you haven’t seen this clip yet, it’s well worth a few minutes of your time, especially for those who have served or have family/friends who have served. U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth exposes and publicly shames a recipient of U.S. taxpayer funds.

It is one of those rare Congressional exchanges that’s both dramatic and compelling: During a recent House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost her legs and use of her right arm when she served in Iraq, dressed down an IRS contractor who used his military disability status to receive government contracts reserved for disabled vets.

The catch? Braulio Castillo, the CEO of Strong Castle, Inc., claimed disability based on an injury he sustained at the U.S. Military Preparatory School nearly 30 years ago. The Times reports that Castillo broke his foot at the prep school, but went on to play football in college.

Duckworth pounced. It’s worth watching the whole thing. The second comment below the video says it all, “I think he was the only one in the room who didn’t really get it.”

View the video

Thanks to Fred Hyun and several others who forwarded this link.

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