House Republicans have introduced a measure that would reallocate money initially given to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) toward aid for Israel amid their war with the Hamas terrorist group.
The aid package would remove the money allocated to the IRS and then direct the same amount to Israel. The decision, which is widely opposed by Democrats, was designed to further slash the IRS budget after President Joe Biden controversially allocated $80 billion to the IRS through the Inflation Reduction Act.
The IRS is a bloated, corrupt organization that has been at the center of multiple scandals.
If the Inflation Corruption Act passes, they will be given a $78.9 Billion slush fund that amounts to 6 times their annual budget.
Biden rewards corruption.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 15, 2022
Back in June, the GOP was able to claw back $21 billion of that money through the debt ceiling deal. With the new measure, Republicans are trying to cut another $14.3 billion of that funding and instead give the money to Israel, which is currently fighting a war to eliminate Hamas terrorists. Israel’s war in the Gaza strip began after Hamas terrorists massacred more than 1,400 Israelis and took more than 200 hostages in a terror attack on October 7.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, newly-elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) explained his belief that the American people would agree that aid for Israel was more important than increasing the IRS’ budget.
Johnson also vowed that the U.S. is “not just going to print money and send it overseas.”
When asked whether this measure would lose support from Democrats, the House Speaker expressed his intent to speak with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about the matter and explain that standing with Israel was “a more immediate need than IRS agents.”
“This is a matter of good versus evil,” Johnson said, adding that his “intention is to call Leader Schumer over there and have a very direct and thoughtful conversation about this. I understand their priority is to bulk up the IRS, but I think if you put this to the American people and they weigh the two needs, I think they’re going to say standing with Israel and protecting the innocent over there is in our national interest and is a more immediate need than IRS agents.”
We spoke about how he plans to pay for the $14.3 billion in aid to Israel by cutting IRS funding.
On whether this could drive away support from Democrats, he told… pic.twitter.com/eATW7lMfpv
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 30, 2023
Meanwhile, House Democrats are outraged over the proposal — somehow claiming that Republicans are trying to “give millionaires a tax cut” by reallocating money from the IRS.
“The republicans are trying to use a catastrophic war as a vehicle to give millionaires a tax cut. This garbage will *raise* the deficit by helping rich people cheat on their taxes. There is no tragedy Republicans won’t exploit not one,” House Ways and Means Committee member Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) claimed in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The republicans are trying to use a catastrophic war as a vehicle to give millionaires a tax cut. This garbage will *raise* the deficit by helping rich people cheat on their taxes. There is no tragedy republicans won’t exploit not one pic.twitter.com/H1rhnn7jYT
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@BillPascrell) October 30, 2023