The House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on an emergency supplemental funding bill to provide military support to Israel in its war against Hamas terrorists. The bill, which has been introduced by Speaker Mike Johnson, includes $14.3 billion in funding for Israel. However, the bill also includes a controversial provision that would cut funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by $14.3 billion.
The Biden administration has said that it supports providing aid to Israel, but it has also said that it opposes the proposed cut to IRS funding. The administration has argued that the cut would make it more difficult for the IRS to collect taxes, which would ultimately lead to a loss of revenue for the government.
Proponents of the cut to IRS funding argue that it is necessary to offset the cost of supporting Israel. They also argue that the IRS is bloated and inefficient, and that the cut would force the agency to tighten its belt.
Opponents of the cut to IRS funding argue that it is unnecessary, as the United States has already provided Israel with a significant amount of military aid in recent years. They also argue that the cut would make it more difficult for the IRS to audit wealthy taxpayers and corporations, which would allow them to evade their tax obligations.
The proposed cut to IRS funding has also been criticized for being partisan. The Biden administration is controlled by Democrats, and the House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans. The cut to IRS funding is a Republican priority, and it is likely to be supported by a majority of Republicans in the House.
The potential consequences of the proposed cut to IRS funding are significant. If the cut is enacted, it could lead to a decrease in tax revenue, which could in turn lead to cuts in government services. The cut could also make it more difficult for the IRS to audit wealthy taxpayers and corporations, which could allow them to evade their tax obligations.
In addition, the proposed cut to IRS funding could set a dangerous precedent. If Congress is willing to cut funding for the IRS in order to offset the cost of supporting Israel, it is possible that Congress will be willing to cut funding for the IRS in order to offset the cost of other programs in the future. This could lead to a weakening of the IRS, which could make it more difficult for the government to collect taxes and enforce the tax law.
The House of Representatives should vote against the emergency supplemental funding bill for Israel if it includes the proposed cut to IRS funding. The cut is unnecessary, partisan, and could have serious negative consequences.