The Republican-controlled House voted to eliminate the billions of dollars that the Democrats had planned to spend on the IRS's new army of agents. As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy noted, the action was the "very first act" of his new Congress.
In their first act as the new Congress, House Republicans voted to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) "army of 87,000 agents." Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated that the actions were the fulfillment of the promises made to the American people.
🚨 House Republicans just voted unanimously to repeal the Democrats' army of 87,000 IRS agents 🚨
This was our very first act of the new Congress, because government should work for you, not against you.
Promises made. Promises kept.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 10, 2023
“Tells you all the things you need to know,” McCarthy said, as members of the new Congress celebrated the first act of their new government.
Representing the House, Steve Scalise noted that every member of the Democratic party voted against the bill.
🚨 BREAKING → The House just voted to repeal funding for Biden’s 87,000 new IRS agents.
Every Democrat voted no. Tells you all you need to know.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 10, 2023
Imagine being a Democrat who voted aganist defunding more IRS agents to protect hardworking Americans and small businesses from being targeted by the federal government.
Have fun explaining that one to your constituents back home.
COULDN'T BE ME!!
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) January 10, 2023
Nixing the 87,000 IRS agents tonight and conservatives are just getting started! pic.twitter.com/SfiWyOxX5j
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 10, 2023
We WILL repeal funding for the Administration’s 87,000 new IRS agents this week.
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) January 9, 2023
The people of Texas 38 sent me to Washington to shrink the size of government, not expand it. The people of Texas 38 sent me to Washington to get government out of their lives, not allow bureaucrats in Washington to thumb through their Venmo transactions.
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) January 10, 2023
After promising to cut the IRS' budget, the Republican-controlled House was able to do so. The increase in the agency's funding over the next decade had been criticized by conservatives, who warned that it would lead to the targeting of individuals.
In August 2022, Congress passed the $700 billion "Inflation Reduction Act." This bill would not reduce inflation, but it would increase the government's spending in various ways. One of these is the IRS's expansion, which would make it the biggest government agency.
In December, McCarthy noted that the House would vote to eliminate the IRS's 87,000 agents on the first day of the new Congress.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Breitbart.