A group of House Republicans are pushing a bill to eliminate the IRS funding in the dubiously titled “Inflation Reduction Act” and instead use those funds to hire new U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees to protect America’s southern borders.
The text proposal states that “the unobligated balances in amounts appropriated or made available for enforcement activities by the Internal Revenue Service under… the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’) as of date of this Act are rescinded.” The bill states that the same amount of funding would be used to fund CBP for “the salaries and expenses of new agents or officers employed for the security at the southern border of America.”
According to a press release, Claudia Tenney, Republican Representative from New York stated that “The Biden Administration’s failures to secure the border or enforce our immigration laws have created an unmitigated catastrophe at our Southern Border” Americans don’t want additional IRS audits. They want safer streets and a secure border. CBP will receive the money it needs to hire new agents through the DIRECT Funds for Border Security Act.
According to Tenney’s press release, GOP Reps. Lance Gooden and Randy Weber from Texas, Dan Crenshaw and Dan Crenshaw of Texas; Pete Stauber of Minnesota; Buddy Carter of Georgia; Jay Obernolte in California; Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma; Steve Chabot, Ohio, Gregory Steube, Florida; and Chris Jacobs from New York joined the bill as cosponsors.
It is unlikely that the bill will be passed through the Democrat-controlled House chamber.
According to CBP, there were more than 2,000,000 southwest land border encounters between October 2021 and August 2022.