Twitter users reacted strongly to the new Republican-dominated House passing a bill to block a proposed 87,000-person increase at the IRS.
Fox News Digital reported Monday that Congress voted to “defund more than $70 billion for the Internal Revenue Service” in fulfillment of “House Speaker-elect Kevin McCarthy’s promise to prevent the agency from hiring tens of thousands of new agents.”
The bill entitled “Family and Small Business and Taxpayer Protection Act” was passed in the House of Representatives with 221 members against and 210 against.
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Most Republicans voted to pass the bill, while most Democrats voted to stop it.
A proposal to add 87,000 IRS agents to the agency became a controversial topic last summer when it was announced as part of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. The act, which Biden signed into law in August, was supposed to provide more than $80 billion in funding for the IRS over the next decade, which includes expanding the agency’s workforce.
The first bill he sponsored after Republicans took control of the House targeted those provisions, proposing to claw back billions of dollars in this expansion of the IRS. The bill pleased Republicans and angered Democrats.
Outspoken Hollywood conservative Rob Schneider tweeted: “The Biden Administration would rather tax hardworking Americans and send another 100 billion to Ukraine…Thankfully, the House voted to defund the IRS by a first majority vote of billions. With McCarthy as Speaker.”
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Immigration lawyer and conservative influencer Matthew Colken slammed Democrats who oppose the new GOP bill, saying, “When you get your audit notice from the IRS, remember who voted and tried to protect you from it. Democrats stand with 87,000 IRS agents. Republicans stand with working-class Americans Which side are you on?
Although Babylon Bee managing editor Joel Berry was less convinced that the bill would actually do anything. He wrote: “87,000 IRS agents will not be terminated by the Senate. The days of impotent message voting designed to boost re-election campaigns are upon us.”
The Washington Post’s fact-checking chief, Glenn Kessler, didn’t buy the bill’s usefulness in a tweet, writing, “Reminder: The bill must pass both houses of Congress, then be signed by the president. IRS funding is locked in as mandatory spending. (And that’s 87,000′ agent’ – this has been repeatedly exposed).”
Investor and conservative influencer Collin Rugg has proposed an alternative to fund the salaries of thousands of IRS agents. He tweeted, “The US House of Representatives just voted 221-210 to eliminate over $70 billion in new funding for 87,000 IRS agents. They should take that money and replace it with a border wall.”
Conservative activist Dr. Andrew Jackson blasted Democrats for not supporting the Republican-backed bill. He wrote: “Not a single Democrat in the US House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for 87,000 new IRS agents. I grew up in a Seattle Democrat, working-class family. We were liberals and fought for workers. But today, the Democrats are left-wing and exhausted by the government machine.” .
Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson tweeted: “Democrats voted en masse to preserve massive IRS expansion that already disproportionately targets low-income Americans – Dems said it wouldn’t happen. They lied.”
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., defended the proposed increase in IRS agents, tweeting, “The Democratic Majority in the Senate knows this is a giveaway to multimillionaires and big corporations, and Democrats will not allow increased IRS personnel to close loopholes and protect the rich and well-off.” aimed at forcing those with connections to eventually pay their fair share.”