CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans criticized Republicans for the amount of money the potential budget deal allotted to the IRS on Tuesday. The proposed plan included $60 billion for the IRS as opposed to the $80 billion that Democrats favored. Romans portrayed Republicans as opposed to the public good because they didn’t want to increase the bureaucracy’s budget. She failed to explain the IRS’s history of targeting conservative organizations and the benefits of $20 billion in savings.
Romans lamented: “In the ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ which is a piece of legislation that a lot of Republicans despise, there was $80 billion for important modernization and hiring new--new workers at the IRS because—because of a lot of retirements and age demographics, they just didn’t have enough people.”
Romans continued: “We had really long waits to get your, your taxes processed, and long lines on the phone. They wanted to fix that. Now, they are going to roll back some of that money, $1.4 billion right away, and then $10 billion next year, and $10 billion the year after that. That is something that the Republicans really want to see.”