Republicans push back against IRS arming agents

2GPH8R1 Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Texas Unconstitutional Abortion Ban and the Role of the Shadow Docket", in Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, U.S., September 29, 2021. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

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The IRS has received massive backlash from Republicans after setting specific requirements requiring new agents to be armed and use “deadly force.”

As previously reported by RSBN, IRS agents are expected to “maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations” and “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

Agents must also “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments,” luring heavy criticism from Republicans.

The agency is seeking to hire 87,000 new agents after the Senate passed the Democrat-led Inflation Reduction Act, allocating $80 billion to the IRS. The alarming move prompted Republicans to warn middle-class families and small business owners that they would become targets of the agency, The Epoch Times reported.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who introduced an amendment that would have struck the funding for new IRS agents, took to Twitter, saying, “HELL NO. Every Republican should pledge we WILL NOT FUND these 87k armed new IRS agents who will target the American people.”

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene echoed a similar sentiment, advocating for the Fair Tax to “get rid of all these departments in the IRS.”

“With the Fair Tax, we don’t need 87,000 armed IRS agents,” she added.

Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores, who made history in June by successfully flipping Texas’s deep blue 34th Congressional District, asked, “can we hire 87k more school security guards instead of IRS agents.”

Trump-endorsed Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who recently won the GOP Senate nomination, wrote a letter to Commissioner Charles Rettig demanding answers from the IRS and the Biden administration.

“In a posting that we learned about this week, the IRS sought individuals prepared to ‘carry a firearm and … willing to use deadly force, if necessary.’ The IRS quickly took down the posting after its existence began drawing scrutiny, yet it has provided any explanation for this outrageous advertisement,” the letter reads.

“Missourians deserve to know immediately who the IRS believes it may be necessary for its agents to kill.”

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