The U.S. House of Representatives, after its open, public debate and negotiation over the Speaker position, has settled into its work dismantling the dangerous legislation by Democrats. Led by Speaker McCarthy, who is jumping in with both feet to apply the agreements made during the deals for his leadership within the party, House Republicans have taken aim at the Democrats’ so-called ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ which gave $79.6 billion to the IRS over the next 10 years.
The law claimed to curb inflation by reducing the deficit, lowering prescription drug prices, and investing in domestic energy production while promoting clean energy. All of these claims are questioned by Republicans. One of the most immediate concerns involved the Internal Revenue Service.
A provision of &79,6 billion in funding to the IRS> This funding was said to supplement, not replace, the normal annual appropriations of the IRS. The congressional Research Service (CRS) has stated that the money would be parceled out among four key priority areas, Taxpayer services ($3,181,500,000), Enforcement ($45,637,400,000), Operations support ($25,326,400,000), and Business systems ($4,750,700,000). CRS states that the appropriations were to have remained available through the end of 2031.
A quick glance shows the majority of the funds set to be used in “Enforcement”. As to the question of whom will be targeted for this enforcement, The Wall Street Journal said the new army of IRS agents will target the middle and upper-middle class. According to new analysis, the IRS audits the poor at 5 times the rate of everyone else. The IRS also has a history of targeting conservative groups.
Such an initiative should be of concern to the average citizen, who has just survived massive industry shutdown and inflation at the gas pump and grocery store for the last two years due to the pandemic and the Democratic leadership. America is looking forward to recovery, not persecution. And, the conservatives in the House know this. Included in the deal for votes for McCarthy’s leadership is the addressing of this act and what it means for Americans.
Letting no grass grow under their feet on the matter, the House of Representatives on Monday evening voted 221-210 to repeal funding for the 87,000 new IRS agents. In its first bill on Monday night since electing McCarthy, The House approved rescinding funding for the additional IRS agents noted in the act.
“Promises made,” Speaker McCarthy said as he dropped the gavel.
The House just approved its first bill: "repealing IRS funding."
Speaker Kevin McCarthy said after banging the gavel "Promises Made." pic.twitter.com/BBrjuSamzd
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) January 10, 2023
“House Republicans just voted unanimously to repeal the Democrats’ army of 87,000 IRS agents” Kevin McCarthy said Monday night.
🚨 House Republicans just voted unanimously to repeal the Democrats' army of 87,000 IRS agents 🚨
This was our very first act of the new Congress, because government should work for you, not against you.
Promises made. Promises kept.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 10, 2023
Summing up the philosophical difference between those who voted the increased agents and those voting to repeal the initiative, McCarthy stated, “You see, we believe government should be to help you, not go after you.”
In a sweeping beginning to their new era of Republican leadership, The House also passed a 55-page Rules Package on Monday night in a 220 to 213 vote.
McCarthy weighed in on the new rules package. New rules that will empower members to debate, increase transparency, and reopen Congress to We the People, are replacing rules that silenced representative’s voices, kept deal-making hidden behind closed doors, and allowed for unconstitutional proxy voting, Gateway Pundit reports.
→ Empower members to debate
→ Increase transparency
→ Reopen Congress to We the People
Are replacing rules that:
→ Silenced representative's voices
→ Kept deal-making hidden behind closed doors
→ Allowed for unconstitutional proxy voting
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 10, 2023
The New York Times reports that the new rules make it easier for the House to remove its speaker, establish new investigatory committees, and make it harder to raise taxes or spend federal money and could potentially slow ethics investigations. The package imposes rules to try to limit spending, including blocking consideration of legislation that would increase mandatory spending.
The return to the House rules stating that one member can move for a vote to oust the speaker was one of the agreements. The rule, which was previously in place, had been changed by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her tenure. McCarthy agreed also to expand the mandate of a new select committee investigating the weaponization of the federal government to include probing ongoing criminal investigations and setting up a “showdown” with the Biden administration and law enforcement agencies over their criminal probes, particularly those into former President Donald Trump.
In addition to the new rules ad addressing the money going to the IRS in the infrastructure bill, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise laid out the rest of the week for the eager new leadership in the House. Included are planning to advance numerous bills on taxes, abortion, and energy while creating two new select committees, one to focus on China and the other on the accused corruption in the Justice Department and the FBI.
CNN noted that the Republicans have previously successfully cut the IRS’ finding by getting rid of $275 million from the agency’s budget in the fiscal year 2023 federal spending bill last month. It provided the IRS with $12.3 billion for the current fiscal year.
Now with House Republicans of one mind, eyes are on the initiatives laid out in expectation of a turnaround in legislation and investigations.