House Republicans Want to Shift Funds from IRS to Israel, Triggering Pushback from Democrats

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 10/31/2023
On Monday, House Republicans presented an aid package that proposes reallocating funds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to Israel. This measure aims to redirect millions of dollars originally designated for the IRS towards supporting Israel.

The GOP plan, which has encountered resistance from Democrats, seeks to reduce the budget of the IRS. This comes after President Joe Biden secured $80 billion for the agency over a decade through the Inflation Reduction Act. However, approximately $21 billion of this funding was later revoked as part of a debt ceiling agreement reached in June.

The proposed allocation of $14.3 billion to Israel aims to support the country in its efforts to combat Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This funding would be redirected from the funds previously allocated to the IRS. The decision to provide financial assistance to Israel comes in response to the recent terrorist attacks on Israeli soil, which resulted in a significant loss of lives, including 33 Americans, and the taking of over 200 hostages.

According to Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), who recently assumed the leadership position, he expressed his belief during an interview with Fox News that the American people prioritize supporting Israel and safeguarding the innocent in that region over allocating resources to IRS agents. Additionally, he emphasized that the United States has no intention of simply printing money and distributing it abroad.

The proposal put forth by House Republicans faced criticism from House Democrats. In a recent statement on X, Bill Pascrell Jr., a member of the Ways and Means Committee representing New Jersey's Democratic Party, expressed his concerns regarding the Republicans' approach to tax cuts. Pascrell Jr. highlighted the potential utilization of a catastrophic war as a means to provide tax cuts specifically benefiting millionaires. The proposed measure is expected to contribute to an increase in the deficit due to its potential to facilitate tax evasion among wealthy individuals. Republicans are known for their tendency to exploit various tragedies for their own benefit. They have a track record of capitalizing on unfortunate events without any exceptions.

In a recent development, President Biden has submitted a national security request to Congress, amounting to approximately $106 billion. This request includes specific allocations for various purposes, such as $14.3 billion for Israel, $61.4 billion for Ukraine, $13.6 billion for border security, $9.15 billion for humanitarian aid, and $7.4 billion for Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region. The ongoing discussion in the Senate, which is currently under Democrat control, revolves around the potential connection between aid provided to Israel and increased financial support for Ukraine in its efforts to combat Russian aggression.

According to CNN, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has stated that the House Republican plan significantly increases the difficulty of passing legislation. In the Senate, on the Republican side, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has emphasized the need for prompt and resolute measures regarding both Israel and Ukraine. According to a statement made by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the House Republican proposal has been deemed a "nonstarter." Jean-Pierre further expressed that requiring offsets for crucial national security priorities, such as providing support to Israel and defending Ukraine against Russian aggression, would deviate from the usual bipartisan approach and potentially have severe consequences for our safety and alliances in the future.


The clash of ideas has created the perfect setting for Johnson to embark on his inaugural major spending battle as speaker. Within the group of House conservatives, there is a prevailing sentiment that the substantial debt burden of the United States should not be overlooked. These lawmakers firmly oppose the idea of linking financial assistance provided to Israel with any other unrelated issues or causes.

The intention is to provide assistance to Israel, a goal that is shared by everyone involved. Both Republicans and Democrats share a common desire to accomplish that goal. In a recent Fox News interview, Representative Scott Perry (R-PA), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairs the Freedom Caucus, emphasized the need to recognize the financial crisis within the United States. Representative Chip Roy, a member of the Freedom Caucus from Texas, expressed his belief that aid to Israel should be treated as a separate and distinct issue, independent from other matters.


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