Alaska Congresswoman Mary Peltola voted against the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, repealing $80 billion of a funding expansion of the Internal Revenue Service that was passed last year, including the expected addition of 87,000 new IRS agents.
The bill passed on a party-line vote, 221-210, with Republicans carrying the yeas. The bill was one of the top promises that Republicans made as they took over control of the House of Representatives this month — to rescind the funding for more IRS agents that was part of Democrats’ massive Inflation Reduction Act. The Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act was the first piece of legislation passed under the new GOP House leadership.
The IRS reports that it has about 79,000 employees. The $80 billion in funding would more than double the current payroll for the IRS.
Read more about the bill at Americans for Tax Reform.
The bill is expected to die in committee in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The House also plans to vote on another bill, the Fair Tax Act, to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, eliminate the national income tax, and replace the current income tax structure with a national sales tax, or consumption tax. That bill is being reintroduced by Georgia Republican Rep. Buddy Carter.