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GOP leadership: First legislation after midterms is to repeal funding for 87k new IRS agents

Their comments were made while unveiling their Commitment to America agenda in Monongahela, Pa.

Published: September 23, 2022 5:09pm

Updated: September 23, 2022 11:53pm

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik vowed Friday that their first action as leaders of the chamber if the GOP wins the majority in November would be to repeal the funding President Biden signed into law to hire as many as 87,000 new IRS agents.

McCarthy and Stefanik made the public promise at an event in Monongahela, Pa., in which they made public their overall agenda — titled Commitment to America — should Republicans control the House next year. 

The $80 billion in spending for the agents is part of the Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act that President Biden recently signed. The bill includes expanded Obamacare subsidies, a new 15% minimum corporate tax and more than $380 billion in climate-related funding.

"On our very first bill, we're going to repeal 87,000 IRS agents," said McCarthy, of California. "Our job is to work for you, not go after you. Our job is to make America stronger."

Stefanik, of New York, told Just the News exclusively that repealing the new IRS funding would be the first order of business.

"That is day one, because I will tell you, these IRS agents were hired by the Biden administration to go after you, the taxpayer, the mom and pop small businesses, the hardworking families, the seniors," she said. "And think about, we could use more Border Patrol agents, we could use more police officers on our streets. There are a lot more important priorities that we should be focused on."

Stefanik also said the House GOP would seek to "dismantle every aspect" of the Inflation Reduction Act.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said at the event in Monongahela the 87,000 IRS agents should be replaced with Customs and Border Protection agents to handle the crisis on the southern border.

Biden and the IRS commissioner have said the new IRS funding would be used to ramp up tax collection from wealthy Americans.

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