On Monday evening, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 221-210 to repeal funding for 87,000 IRS agents. The measure will still need to be passed by the Senate to take effect.
The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ would give $79.6 billion to the IRS over the next 10 years for the government body to hire some 87,000 agents.
It has been reported by multiple sources that the additional army of agents would target the middle and upper-middle class. A recent analysis found that the IRS audits the poor at 5 times the rate of all other socioeconomic classes.
The bill to rescind the IRS funding was the first measure to be passed by the new House and newly elected House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, celebrated, saying, “Promises made,” as he dropped the gavel.
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In addition to the bill repealing IRS funding, the House also passed a 55-page Rules Package with a 220-213 vote. According to a Tweet from McCarthy regarding the Rules Package some of the new rules include empowering members to debate, and increasing transparency.
Despite 15 votes to elect a Speaker, the new House has wasted no time getting down to business. The IRS funding repeal measure will not survive the Senate the way McCarthy survived the voting process.
So this is all performative.