House Republicans introduced a bill to get money to Israel as the critical ally wages war against the Hamas terror organization, but the $14.3 billion plan will also cut funding for the Biden regime’s beefing up of the Internal Revenue Service.
On Monday, GOP lawmakers unveiled their standalone measure that would seek to pay for the aid to Israel with the money being taken away from the nearly $80 billion given to the agency in the gargantuan Inflation Reduction Act last year, a proposal that isn’t going to sit well with Democrats who are clamoring for the IRS to be unleashed on their political enemies.
“We’re going to have pay for it. We’re not just going to print money and send it overseas,” newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) said, according to Fox News Senior Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram.
B) Johnson: My intention and my desire in the first draft of this bill is to take some of the money that has been set aside for the rebuilding and bulking up the IRS..we have about $67 billion in that fund..we’ll try to take the $14.5 necessary for this immediate and urgent need.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 30, 2023
“My intention and my desire in the first draft of this bill is to take some of the money that has been set aside for the rebuilding and bulking up the IRS…we have about $67 billion in that fund..we’ll try to take the $14.5 necessary for this immediate and urgent need,” the Speaker said, adding that he planned to call Democrat Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to discuss the bill.
“My 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,” Johnson said, according to Pergram. “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 for IRS agents.”
The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act will largely address getting military aid into the hands of the embattled Jewish nation which will need to shore up its defenses as the bloody campaign to clean the terrorists out of Gaza prepares to enter the next phase with a ground operation.
What the bill doesn’t include is any money for Ukraine, separating the two in defiance of President Joe Biden’s insistence that Israel’s aid be packaged with tens of billions more to the Zelenskyy regime, a demand that he made in a nationally televised speech from the Oval Office.
In his request for $105 billion in funding, Biden called for $14 billion for Israel along over four times more for Ukraine to backstop a war that is losing the support of Americans, including congressional Republicans.
The Israel funding bill marks the first big test of Johnson’s speakership after he was elected as the replacement for the ousted Kevin McCarthy last week and will be fiercely opposed by the Biden regime and congressional Democrats who insist on having the money for Israel’s defense being tied to yet another Ukraine giveaway and are loathe to surrender money for the weaponized IRS.
“The IRS has recovered over $100 million in unpaid taxes from the wealthy and well-connected in the last month. Yet, in the chaotic world of my Republican colleagues, they view this funding as a never-ending well to promulgate their whims of ‘fiscal responsibility’… Once again, leaving the world wondering if they even care about sending aid to one of our greatest allies or only scoring political points,” whined a top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, Pergram reported.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) who heads up the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that the GOP bill to cut IRS funding is a non-starter in the Democrat-controlled upper chamber.
“It’s a non-starter. It’s a poison pill,” Cardin said, according to The Hill.
“Support for defending Israel should not come with conditions, be it cutting foreign military financing by 30% or offsetting aid in a time of crucial need,” said former DNC boss Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in a statement. “I am deeply disturbed by Speaker Johnson playing political games with Israeli emergency funding, something our nation has never done in a time of crisis.”
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