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A screenshot of an ad being run against Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Via Coalition to Protect American Workers

A conservative group focused on pressuring House Democrats to oppose President Biden's plan to increase funding for the Internal Revenue Service is now targeting fellow Republicans, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: By running a six-figure ad targeting Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), the Coalition to Protect American Workers is opening a new front in the fight over how to pay for Biden’s spending proposals, including the $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure package.

  • “If Joe Biden gets his way, they are coming: IRS agents,” the ad begins. It closes with, “We need Senator Moran to step up and stop Biden’s radical plan.”
  • Moran was the last Republican to join the so-called G20, a group of 20 senators working to reach an infrastructure compromise with the White House. His addition rebranded the group the G21.
  • The 30-second spot is a version of an ad the group unveiled in May, targeting House Democrats in swing districts.

The initial buy is in the six figures and will run across Kansas for two weeks, starting Tuesday, according to Katie Miller, communications director at CPAW.

  • The group was co-founded by Marc Short, chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence.

The big picture: In Biden’s initial infrastructure plan, he proposed giving the IRS an extra $80 billion to help it collect an additional $700 billion over 10 years.

  • While Republicans roundly questioned that math, some senators suggested a willingness to give the IRS additional money, which saw its funding decline during the Trump years.
  • The bipartisan group agreed on an extra $40 billion for tax enforcement, which Republicans believe will raise an additional $60 billion.

The intrigue: Conservative GOP senators are deeply skeptical of the plan to "super-size" the IRS’s funding, Axios reported Wednesday.

  • Among those expressing doubt is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who was part of the G20. He said, “A lot of this can be pie in the sky.”

The bottom line: The conservative group, which has ambitions to raise $25 million, is planning ads against other Republicans, creating another potential roadblock to a bipartisan deal.

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Oct 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

No one likes the debt deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walks though the Capitol on Thursday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The leaders of the Senate were happy Thursday with their deal to avoid a debt default. They were about the only ones.

Why it matters: The Band-Aid does nothing to solve the debt ceiling problem long term for Americans. Democrats fear it only kicks the can down the road to a very busy December. Republicans, meanwhile, are mad their party blinked.

McConnell’s done dealing

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to a meeting with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Less than 24 hours after Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a point of trying to spin the narrative to his party's favor, telling President Biden via letter that Republicans will not assist again if Democrats "drift into another avoidable crisis."

Why it matters: For months, McConnell refused to budge over his insistence that Democrats suspend the debt limit through the budget reconciliation process. Crisis was averted Thursday night after McConnell struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to raise the debt ceiling, and nailed down enough GOP senators to pass the agreement.

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Tesla delays Cybertruck until 2023

Tesla debuts the Cybertruck in Hawthorne, Calif., on Nov. 21, 2019. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Tesla is at risk of falling behind on one of the most critical products in the American auto industry: pickups.

Why it matters: Pickups are the most profitable segment in the business and account for the first, second and third best-selling vehicles in the country. Without a serious pickup strategy, Tesla could miss out on a huge source of future income.