Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after helping pass the first bill of the 118th Congress, the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act (H.R. 23), in the House of Representatives. This legislation blocks the Biden administration from hiring 87,000 new IRS agents to go after and audit families and small businesses across Eastern Washington and the United States.
“I joined Republicans in vowing to block President Biden’s plan to hire 87,000 new IRS enforcement agents on day one, and we delivered,” said Rodgers. “At a time when the price of everything from gas to groceries is sky high, the last thing Eastern Washington families need is to be squeezed by the IRS for every last penny, but that’s what President Biden and Democrats planned when they passed an $80 billion, 600 percent increase to the IRS budget last year.”
“It’s the end of one party rule in our nation’s capital, and a new day for hardworking families in Eastern Washington,” Rodgers continued. “Today marked the first promise kept in our Commitment to America, and we are just getting started.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office, Democrats’ supercharged IRS will cause audit rates to “rise for all taxpayers,” and a conservative analysis shows that returning audit rates to 2010 levels would mean 1.2 million more audits with over 700,000 of those falling on taxpayers making $75,000 or less.
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