(TargetLiberty.org) – House Republicans have requested a full account regarding the tactical gear and firearms that the Internal Revenue Service owns. Rep. Stephanie Bice, R-Okla., in a letter sent to Daniel Werfel, the IRS Commissioner, wrote that they were concerned about the reports that close to $10 million had been spent by the IRS within the last three years for weapons purchases.
In the letter, she points out that while she recognizes that the Criminal Investigation division also has a law enforcement duty, the recent report has shown the large purchases made by the IRS for tactical gear and weapons. As she pointed out, considering the IRS’ primary duty is to help Americans with their tax responsibilities, the militarization of the IRS is concerning.
In the letter she demands that Werfel provide within one week all the information that relates to the accounts that were being used for the purchase of firearms as well as a detailed report on the types of weapons and quantity that the IRS owns, these should be categorized and address the following types of items. Weapons and weapons systems, explosive devices, ammunition, drones, chemical weapons, and armored vehicles.
Bice who is serving as the House GOP’s Main Street Caucus vice chair cited that OpenTheBook’s recent reports have stated that since 2020 the IRS had spent close to $10 million. Since 2006 the agency has spent $35.2 million as adjusted for inflation. Recently the House Republicans have been trying to push against the $80 billion in funding that President Biden allocated to the IRS through the Inflation Reduction Act last year.
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