Bill would redirect funding from IRS to CBP

A group of House Republicans is pushing a bill that would scrap the IRS funding contained in the dubiously titled “Inflation Reduction Act” and instead allocate those funds to hiring new U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees to serve America’s to secure the southern border.

“The unobligated balances of amounts appropriated or otherwise made available for enforcement activities of the Internal Revenue Service at the time of the passage of this Act are voided,” the text of the proposed states. The same amount of funding that is revoked would then be allocated to CBP “for the salaries and expenses of new agents and officers hired to provide security for the southern border of the United States,” the bill said.

“The Biden administration’s failure to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws has created an unmitigated disaster on our southern border, impacting communities across the country,” New York GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney said, according to a press release. “Americans don’t want more IRS audits; they want a secure border and safer roads. The DIRECT Funds for Border Security Act will deliver just that by providing CBP with the money it needs to hire new agents.”

GOP Reps. Lance Gooden of Texas, Randy Weber of Texas, Dan Crenshaw of Texas, Pete Stauber of Minnesota, Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Buddy Carter of Georgia, Jay Obernolte of California, Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Steve Chabot of Ohio, and Gregory Steube of Florida Chris Jacobs of New York joined the bill as original co-sponsors, according to Tenney’s press release.

The bill likely has no chance of getting through the Democrat-controlled chamber of the House of Representatives.

According to this, in the period from October 2021 to August 2022 there were more than 2 million encounters at the southwestern land border CBP. Bill would redirect funding from IRS to CBP

Laura Coffey

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