MAGA representative Lauren Bobert celebrated the first bill passed by the new GOP-controlled House, which cuts funding to the IRS and seeks to halt the hiring of more than 87,000 new IRS employees over the next decade.
Representative Bobert noted the simplicity of the process involved in the legislation.
“It’s two pages, not thousands. It has one thing and zero earmarks,” he said in a video posted to Twitter. “Oh, and it would help stop the harassment of American citizens by prohibiting those 87,000 IRS agents from ever being hired.”
“That’s conservative governance at its best,” the Colorado lawmaker added. “More freedom. Less government. And we’re just getting started.”
Nixing 87,000 IRS Agents Tonight and the Conservatives are just getting started! pic.twitter.com/SfiWyOxX5j
– Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 10, 2023
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House votes to cut IRS funding for potential new agents
Indeed, the GOP-controlled House voted along party lines — 221-210 — to cut a massive funding increase for the IRS signed into law by President Biden last year.
The sticking point for Republicans is that the $80 billion bill would increase the IRS budget nearly sevenfold and, as Forbes reports, allow the agency to “enforce” half of that budget and “get bigger, harder and faster.” Collect and make them pay.
Imagine being a Democrat who voted AGAINST defunding more IRS agents to protect hard-working Americans and small businesses from being targeted by the federal government.
Enjoy explaining it to your constituents at home.
Couldn’t be me!!
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) January 10, 2023
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An Associated Press fact-check says Republicans are “distorting” concerns that the IRS employs roughly 87,000 agents because they “aren’t all hired at the same time, not all of them are auditors, and many change employees. Quit or retire.”
A great one Eggs and Baileys Strategy from fake news.
Still, Bloomberg, CNBC and the Washington Examiner reported on the potential hiring of tens of thousands of workers over a decade, with CNBC noting concerns from opponents that “IRS enforcement could affect everyday Americans.”
Democrats have argued that the money will work more against the rich. But the CBO analysis found that the funding boost means audit rates “will rise for all taxpayers.”
🚨 House Republicans Vote Unanimously to Eliminate Democrats’ Army of 87,000 IRS Agents 🚨
This is our first task in the new Congress, because government should work for you, not against you.
Promises have been given. Promises are kept.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 10, 2023
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A bill to cut funding to the IRS and any potential hiring of enforcement agents is being rightly celebrated but is unlikely to come up for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Beyond that, President Biden has vowed to veto the legislation.
A Biden administration statement says the president will VETO House GOP legislation to defund 87k IRS agents: pic.twitter.com/2UgVFTCpUg
— Elizabeth Landers (@elizabelanders) January 9, 2023
A man of the people. About half of the new audits fall on taxpayers earning $75,000 or less, the CBO numbers.
Not to mention a new rule — temporarily delayed — that requires platforms like Paypal and Venmo to issue a tax form when user business transfers exceed $600. Got a side hustle to make some extra cash in Biden’s economy? The IRS wants to know about it.
And they don’t care that you are not rich
Republican Majority’s First Act: Defund 87,000 IRS Agents Targeting American Families
Proud to vote yes!
– Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 10, 2023
While the bill to cut funding for the IRS is unlikely to move forward, it’s another demonstration that the America First crowd in Congress is still fighting to implement its agenda. Just like they did during the speaker battle.
Without that, we wouldn’t have gotten this new bill trying to squash 87,000 IRS agents from being hired.
We look forward to seeing more ‘conservative governance at its best’.
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