Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

Senate Infrastructure Bill Drops IRS Funding Provision, Portman Says

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Senators dropped plans to help fund the approximately $1 trillion infrastructure package via a proposed boost to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) ability to collect taxes, according to a key negotiator. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is one of the negotiators, told CNN on July 18 that the “IRS reform or IRS tax gap, which was originally in the proposal … will no longer be in our proposal.” Portman said some Republican lawmakers pushed back against the proposal and said it would allow for more government overreach. “It will be in the larger reconciliation bill, we’re told,” he said. Details about what new powers the IRS might be given haven’t yet been announced. Democrats and Republicans have spent weeks trying to hash out the infrastructure deal, but have struggled to come up with ways to fund it and not add to the already ballooning national deficit. Democrats hope to pass the …

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