Senate Democrats block Cruz amendment, insist 87,000 more tax officials needed to audit middle-class Americans
WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Democrats blocked U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) amendment to the Schumer-Manchin Tax-and-Spend Bill to scrap the $80 billion slush fund to prevent the hiring of 87,000 new officers IRS.
Sen. Cruz’s amendment would cut funding for a new army of IRS agents who will surveil innocent Americans and small businesses with 1.2 million more audits, half of which will target Americans earning under 75 000 dollars per year.
“There are a lot of bad things in this bill. But few are worse than the Democrats’ proposal in this bill to double the size of the IRS and create 87,000 new IRS officers. I guarantee you, citizens of each of our states, if you ask them what they want, they don’t want 87,000 new tax officials. And they are not created to audit billionaires or giant corporations. They are created to audit you. The House Ways and Means Committee, the minority, estimated that under this bill there will be 1.2 million new audits a year, more than 700,000 of which will fall on taxpayers earning $75,000 or less. I personally believe that we should abolish the IRS. But at a minimum, we shouldn’t make the IRS bigger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol all combined. That’s what the Democrats are proposing here. It’s a terrible idea. If you don’t want 87,000 new IRS agents, vote yes.
Watch Senator Cruz’s remarks here.