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McCarthy says a GOP House would repeal funding for 87,000 new IRS agents in Inflation Reduction Act

The House minority leader made the statement in touting his vision for a GOP-led House at a public event in western Pennsylvania.

Published: September 23, 2022 10:10am

Updated: September 23, 2022 2:59pm

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday the GOP would repeal the funding that Democrats signed into law to hire as many as 87,000 new IRS agents, while publicly touting his vision for a Republican-led lower chamber next year.

The $80 billion in spending for the agents is part of the Inflation Reduction Act that the Democratic-led Congress passed and President Biden recently signed.

McCarthy, poised to be House majority leader if Republicans retake control of the chamber in the November elections, made the statement in Monongahela, Pa., where he and other GOP House leaders formally unveiled their "Commitment to America" agenda.

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

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

The House Republican leadership's blueprint agenda was supported almost immediately by America First Policy Institute, founded by former Trump Administration senior leaders.

"The policies of the Left have failed the American people in just about every way that matters," said group President and CEO Brooke Rollins. " 'The Commitment to America' is the America First Agenda," Rollins said. "These policies worked before, and they will work again."

The group also includes Linda McMahon, chairwoman of the board and former administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Larry Kudlow, group vice chairman and former director of the National Economic Council.

Rollins was a Domestic Policy Council director for the Trump administration and a chief White House strategist.

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