Local U.S. Senator Weighs in on Washington DC Scandals

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Despite the recent scandals in Washington D.C., President Barack Obama’s approval rating has not changed.

According to a recent survey by CNN, the approval rate stands at 53 percent for the second term president—unchanged from the previous week.

All of this following the IRS scandal that affected an untold number of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, and then the emails that emerged reflecting a changing story about the September 11th attacks in Benghazi.

21 Alive caught up with U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R – Indiana) who says he's seeing a pattern of no action being taken by the President or Congress, and that needs to change. Coats says the most important thing that we need in order to have a functioning democracy is trust in those who are elected to serve the American people.

"That trust is being eroded, and that's very very dangerous and I think this administration needs to own up to the fact that they're not restoring this trust. They're taking it away and they're affirming the fears of people about a government that is oppressive, that is violating their rights,” said Coats.

The new acting IRS Commissioner will do a 30 day top down review to examine everything that happened, and will make sure that anyone who did anything wrong is held accountable.

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