News Politics: The senior Republican portrayed a picture that was both vivid and horrifying. He forewarned that increased financial support for the Internal Revenue Service would result in armed auditors breaking down doors to steal money from hard-working Americans. Are they going to send in a strike force with AK-15s that are fully loaded and ready to shoot some Iowan small-business owner with these? Last week, Senator Chuck Grassley stated on Fox News.
The image conjured up by Grassley bears little resemblance to reality. Democrats have indeed directed nearly $80bn to the IRS over the next 10 years as part of their climate and healthcare spending package, the Inflation Reduction Act, which Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday.
Grassley is far from alone in invoking the image of gun-toting auditors. Based on a job posting for the IRS’s criminal investigations unit, which makes up only a small fraction of the agency’s employee base, prominent Republicans and conservative media figures have falsely claimed that the Democrats’ bill will arm tens of thousands of new auditors.
“This is Republicans making this up to scare the American people,” Yarmuth said in response to Boebert’s remarks. “I would implore my Republican colleagues to cut out the scare tactics, quit making things up and debate the substance of this bill.”