Key Republican says no IRS pay-fors in infrastructure bill

Key Republican says no IRS pay-fors in infrastructure bill
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Republican Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border DHS secretary condemns treatment of Haitian migrants but says US will ramp up deportations MORE (Ohio) on Sunday said the bipartisan infrastructure bill will not include improving IRS enforcement of existing laws as a way to fund the new investments.

Portman, during an interview with host Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said stronger IRS enforcement of the existing laws is not being considered in the bipartisan infrastructure package because of pushback from senators, and because Democrats are reportedly considering a similar proposal in their reconciliation package, which will have “a lot more IRS enforcement.”

“One reason it's not part of the proposal is, and we did have pushback. 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, and President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE to his credit, said that we will not be renegotiating these items in the reconciliation package,” he added.

Biden last month announced that he and a group of Republican and Democratic senators reached an infrastructure deal after months of negotiations.

Last week, top Democratic lawmakers introduced the second part of Biden’s infrastructure goals: A $3.5 trillion package to be passed through budget reconciliation, which bypasses the risk of a Republican filibuster by only requiring a simple majority vote.