Jul 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Portman: IRS enforcement no longer a pay-for in bipartisan infrastructure plan

Rob Portman

Rob Portman. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said on Sunday that the group of senators pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure deal will no longer be looking at increasing enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service as a way of funding the bill.

State of play: One of the ways President Biden hoped to pay for his massive infrastructure plan was by infusing the IRS with $40 billion to help it crack down on tax collection and potentially collect $100 billion more in taxes.

The big picture: In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Portman named two reasons for why tougher IRS enforcement is no longer on the table as a pay-for.

  • One is due to the "pushback" the proposal received.
  • Another is that Democrats hope to include IRS enforcement as a pay-for in their budget reconciliation package for "human infrastructure," according to Portman.

What they're saying: "Another reason is that we found out that the Democrats were going to put a proposal into the reconciliation package, which was not just similar to the one we had, but with a lot more IRS enforcement," Portman said.

  • "That created quite a problem because the general agreement is that this is the bipartisan-negotiated infrastructure package and that we will stick with that," he added.
  • "There are other ways to do this," Portman said.
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