GOP Pledges To Block 87,000-Agent IRS Audit Force

In this Wednesday, March 25, 2015, photo, Internal Revenue Service Special Agent In Charge Jonathan Larsen, holds a Smith & Wesson .38 Special during an interview in Mountainside, N.J. The gun belonged to IRS investigator Michael Malone, the man who went undercover to infiltrate Al Capone’s gang in the 1930s and eventually brought down the feared mobster. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

At a glance

  • President Joe Biden sparked controversy for pushing through Congress increased federal funding for 87,000 new IRS employees to audit Americans, but Republican leadership has pledged to overturn that expansion if they win the majority.
  • House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pledged at a Pennsylvania event to “repeal” the IRS expansion.
  • “But on that very first day that we’re sworn in, you’ll see that it all changes because on our very first bill, we’re going to repeal 87,000 IRS agents,” he said to applause. “Our job is to work for you, not go after you. Our job is to make America strong. We believe America is more than a country. America is an idea.”

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