House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy says one of the top priorities of the new Republican House will be to repeal the 87,000 new IRS agents being hired under the ludicrously misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” the Democrats passed last year.
I’m glad to hear it, but I’m not sure how it will be accomplished. The Democrat Senate and President Biden will never sign off on a repeal. The House could simply refuse to fund those new IRS jobs, but 18 turncoat Republicans in the Senate just voted to tie their hands by passing the omnibus spending orgy bill that took away the new GOP House’s power over the purse strings until next October. If there’s a way to kill this new IRS onslaught or any of the horrible provisions of those massive bills, I’m all for it. But it’s going to take skilled political maneuvering and a willingness to fight hard for principles that I haven’t seen often enough among DC Republicans.
Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, but you have to admit that there wasn’t an arm she wouldn’t twist or a rule she wouldn’t bend to get what she wanted passed, no matter how bad it was for America. Is there anyone in the GOP who’s willing to fight that hard and risk that much political capital to push back and reverse the damage, or are they just going to accept the many disasters the Dems have wrought and try to keep them from getting any worse?
Related: In a bid to finally nail down his speakership, McCarthy has agreed to several rule changes demanded by conservatives, including a British Parliament-style “vote of no confidence” process to let members fire the Speaker if they don’t like what he’s doing.