This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 30, 2022:
Representative Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) offered the draft of a bill last week which, if passed by Congress, would take an estimated $50 billion from IRS funding for hiring new agents and redirect it to Customs and Border Protection instead.
The draft is simplicity itself: “A BILL to rescind certain [funds] made available to the Internal Revenue Service and redirect them to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection … for the salaries and expenses of new agents and officers hired for the security of the southern border of the United States.”
She calls it the “Diverting IRS Resources to the Exigent Crisis Through (DIRECT) Funds for Border Security,” which would stop “Biden’s new IRS army from launching audits of middle-class families.”
Americans don’t want more IRS audits; they want a secure border and safer streets. The DIRECT Funds for Border Security Act will deliver just that by providing CBP with the money needed to hire new agents.
Nothing is provided for finishing the southern border wall that President Donald Trump started.
And nothing is mentioned about completing the wall in the Republicans’ other big move — its “Commitment to America” — which was rolled out last week and then snuffed out online immediately thereafter. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised that the first order of business in January, if the Republicans take back control, will be to “repeal 87,000 IRS agents. So they’re not going after you [to coopt one of Trump’s favorite warnings].”
Web users can still find a copy of the original Commitment. In summary, it’s long on words and short on specifics.
Nothing is said or even implied about following Constitutional limitations. Nothing is said or implied about completing the border wall. Instead, more government agents are to be hired to shut down illegal border crossings.
Nothing is said about the several million illegals who have crossed the southern border and have disappeared into the heartland of America.
Nothing is said about states offering sanctuary to those aliens through handouts and ID cards allowing them to vote in elections.
Nothing is said about inflation that is ravaging the purchasing power of the average middle-class worker.
Nothing is said about the abortion holocaust in various states that are even offering transportation for women seeking an abortion who live in states where abortion is now prohibited. Isn’t that an “interstate crime”?
Instead, McCarthy seems intent on ignoring those issues, but instead will “investigate” — through a special select committee — the China threat.
What many are afraid of is this: the new Republican House, run by people such as Kevin McCarthy, will snuff out any attempt to rebuild the foundations of the Republic, and instead opt for the political expediency of doing nothing while appearing to be doing something.
At this writing, Tenney has no cosponsors for her bill.