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Ways and Means Republicans Get Answers from Secretary Yellen About Biden’s Tax Hikes and IRS’s Repeated Abuse of Taxpayers

March 10, 2023 — 'Inflation Reduction Act'

WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways and Means Committee Republicans questioned Secretary Yellen about the Biden Administration’s plans to spend $80 billion to hire 87,000 agents to audit working-class families, raise taxes by $4.7 trillion, and its failure to reassure the public about the IRS’s politically motivated leaks of confidential tax ...

Chairman Smith: After giving the IRS an $80 billion raise, the Biden Admin now wants taxpayers to give the IRS another $43.2 billion.

March 10, 2023 — 'Inflation Reduction Act'

"Thank you, Madame Secretary, for appearing before the Ways & Means Committee today. I will note, last year we waited 71 days between the release of the President’s Budget and your testimony before this Committee.  So we commend you for promptly appearing today, on the day after the Budget was released, to defend President Biden’s $5 trillion tax hike. "After two years of economic ...

Ways and Means Approves Plan to Recover Hundreds of Billions in Misspent, Stolen Unemployment Benefits

March 01, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to jumpstart recovery efforts on hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID unemployment insurance payments stolen by fraud. The Department of Labor Inspector General estimated that improper payments in pandemic unemployment programs have left taxpayers on the hook for at least $191 billion. ...

Chairman Smith Opening Statement: Markup of H.R. 1163, the Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud Act

February 28, 2023 — Blog

As prepared for delivery "At the height of the COVID pandemic, government lockdowns shuttered Main Street businesses and kept American workers at home. Congress provided targeted and temporary support for workers and businesses – including through unemployment insurance. Unfortunately, that work was undermined, and many of those families fell victim to predatory fraudsters in ...

Smith, Comer, Ways and Means Republicans Introduce Legislation to Recover Hundreds of Billions in Stolen Unemployment Benefits

February 24, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) and House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (KY-01) were joined by Ways and Means Committee Republicans to introduce legislation to recover potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in stolen unemployment benefits. Up to $400 billion, ...