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Tuberville: Democrats attempting to ‘weaponize the IRS’ — ‘It’s just another form of big government socialism’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) on Monday joined Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow,” where he detailed his opposition to Democrats’ so-called “Build Back Better” legislation.

The “Build Back Better Act” last week passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 220-213 and is poised to be taken up by the upper chamber, where the fate of the bill remains unclear due to controversial provisions included within the legislation.

Alabama’s junior senator indicated that the $1.75 trillion climate and social spending bill would serve to benefit wealthier Americans rather than lower earners.

“If you look at this bill, Larry, people [who] are making from $50,000 to $100,000 – it’s going to only help 4% of those families, 4%,” advised Tuberville. “But people [who] are making $500,000 to a million – it’s going to help 67% of those families. So, where was this ‘we’re not taxing anybody under $400,000?’ That was a lie at the beginning. It was going to be paid for? It’s not going to be paid for.”

Tuberville went on to outline his opposition to Democrats’ ambitions to beef up the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an apparent attempt to further expand the agency’s tax collection capabilities. Tuberville said the bill includes $80 billion in funding for the IRS, which he asserted would pave the way for the hiring of “80,000 to 100,000 new agents.”

He continued, “Did you know the IRS at this point has 5 million rounds of ammunition and 5,000 weapons? What do they need that for? And now we’re going to add more weaponization to the IRS. I tell you what, it scares me – it scares me to even think what they’re trying to do in the long run with our IRS… It scares me to think what this big government socialist agenda is going to do with this kind of money, throwing it at the IRS, and trying to collect money from people [who are] trying to earn it the right way.”

“I hear about it everywhere I go. That, and the IRS having the opportunity to get in your bank account,” the senator added. “And I know they threw that out, but the $600 that you spend, or deposit, goes straight to the IRS, they’re going to try to get that back in there at end of the day. They said they raised it to $10,000 but $10,000 is too much. And used to, $10,000 went to the Treasury Department – the information – not to the IRS. And so, again, they’re trying to weaponize the IRS. It’s just another form of big government socialism.”

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL