Republican legislators are introducing bills that would disarm federal bureaucrats from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after widespread outrage in response to the Biden administration hiring thousands of armed IRS agents.
The IRS currently has over 2,000 armed agents, while the EPA has 150.
Funding for armed IRS agents was a significant point of contention in the recent budget signed in to law by Joe Biden.
While funding for some IRS agents was retained, the $80 billion proposed by Democrats was slashed to $21.4 billion.
Recently, Representative Clay Higgins (R-La.) introduced the No Funds for Armed Regulators Act of 2023, that would disarm IRS and EPA agents entirely.
“Deep state bureaucrats continue to push their executive authority into every corner of America, treading heavily upon your rights and devouring your wealth,” Higgins said
Senator Joni Ernst (R-Ia.) also introduced legislation that would disarm IRS agents in the form of the Why Does the IRS Need Guns Act.
A spokesperson for the IRS said the agency does not comment on pending legislation when asked for comments.
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Several Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation which would disarm enforcement agents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Republican Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana introduced the No Funds for Armed Regulators Act of 2023 on June 30, joined by seven co-sponsors. The bill would disallow the use of taxpayer dollars to hire or retain armed regulatory enforcement agents in the EPA, DOL and IRS if it becomes law.
“Deep state bureaucrats continue to push their executive authority into every corner of America, treading heavily upon your rights and devouring your wealth,” Higgins said in a June 30 press release. “This bill is a key step in pushing back against the oppressive tactics being used to enforce regulatory policies.”
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa introduced her own bill on June 30 which would expressly bar the IRS from buying weapons or equipping its agents with firearms, titled the Why Does the IRS Need Guns Act.