US House approves bill to defund the army of 87,000 IRS agents
The U.S. House of Representatives, with the support of Alabama’s delegation, passed Monday night a bill to remove new funding from the IRS for 87,000 additional agents.
The bill, called the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act (or the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act), fulfills Republican promises to rein in the IRS.
Following the vote, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R.Hoover) stated on Twitter that “[The House GOP] made an agreement to repeal President Biden’s army of 87,000 IRS agents as soon as possible.”
The Inflation Reduction Act was passed in August. It provides $45 billion for the IRS for the next ten years. This funding will fund the 87,000 new agents. U.S. Rep. Dale Strong, R-Huntsville, said that repealing the funding was a positive step. The IRS should be focusing on quality service to taxpayers and not “targeting” them.
“I was proud that I supported this legislation – it was the first bill to be considered and passed by Congress during the 118th Congress. He said that Americans deserve a government that is accountable and works for them, not against them.
“Removing funding for 87,000 IRS agents is a great step in the right direction. I’m glad that I’m able to get on the ground quickly and work with my colleagues to pass legislation important to my constituents. The IRS should not be focusing on targeting taxpayers but rather providing high quality services to them.
U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile), echoed these sentiments when he voted for the bill.
“House Republicans have already fulfilled parts of their Commitment to America on Day One of the 118th Congress. H.R. 23 is the exact way to defund the 87,000 IRS agents that the Biden Administration wants to unleash on American families and small businesses.
Carl stated that H.R. 23 achieves this goal. “Republicans want an IRS which works for taxpayers, while Democrats want an IRS who works against them,” Carl said. Americans deserve a government that is accountable and works for them. I voted for this bill because it does not target them.
All Democrats in the House voted against this bill, except Teri Sewell (D-Birmingham), who claimed it would allow wealthy people and big business to “cheat” their taxes.
In a tweet, she stated that “When someone shows me who they are,” before the vote. “House Republicans’ priorities on full display tonight — Their first bill would make it easier to avoid paying your fair share for wealthy tax cheats, and huge corporations. “I will vote no!”
As the bill is not likely to pass the Senate Democrat-controlled or President Joe Biden’s Desk, this victory for Republicans in Congress will be symbolic.