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Wetumpka woman takes on Washington during IRS hearing

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Becky Gerritson, President of the Wetumpka Tea Party speaks to the House Ways and Means Committee. Becky Gerritson, President of the Wetumpka Tea Party speaks to the House Ways and Means Committee.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

"I'm telling my government that you've forgotten your place."

For five minutes Becky Gerritson poured out her heart.

"It's not your right to exert an agenda. Your post...the post that you occupy exists to preserve American liberty," said Gerritson to members of the Congressional Ways and Means committee.

Joined by members of other similar conservative groups, Gerritson explained how her group was targeted.

"Our application was singled out solely because we had tea party in our name," she says.

She gave a brief history of the more than 600 days it took to receive a tax-exempt status, including the burdensome questionnaire where the IRS made "invasive and excessive demands for information they were not entitled to."

Her words were met with concern and frustration from many congressmen.

"What the government did to our little group in Wetumpka, Alabama is un-American."

But not all of them shared the same view.

Congressman Jim McDermott from Seattle, Washington questioned the witnesses.

"I get the feeling that many of you believe you should be free from political targeting, but that you should be free from any scrutiny at all."

His comments were quickly followed by Congressman Paul Ryan.

"I'm gonna deviate from my original question in response to what I just heard."

Applause quickly followed his statements targeted back at Rep. McDermott.

But politics aside, Gerritson made her plea quite clear.

"I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in. The America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of. And I'm terrified it is slipping away."

The Wetumpka Tea Party, along with dozens of other conservative groups, filed suit against the IRS just last week.

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