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Sad day for Speaker Paul Ryan? Trump sacks IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

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The White House announced Thursday President Donald J. Trump will not reappoint IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for a new five-year term.

Koskinen was three times the target of impeachment efforts by House conservatives, first by Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R.-Utah) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and then twice by members of the House Freedom Caucus.

Each time, Speaker Paul D. Ryan Jr. (R.-Wis.) intervened both directly and through intermediaries, such as the current chairman of House Oversight, Rep. Harold W. “Trey” Gowdy (R.-S.C.) to persuade conservatives to back down.

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Trump intends to designate Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy David Kautter as Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the White House said.

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Koskinen’s term expires on November 12, 2017, but his last day on the job is set for Nov. 9, with Kautter taking over Nov. 13.

Kautter joined Treasury as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy in August, the White House said. He is expected also to carry out his assistant secretary duties, including working on tax reform, while serving as acting commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Kirsten Wielobob will run the day-to-day operations of the IRS, reporting directly to the acting commissioner.

The search for a permanent IRS commissioner is ongoing.

Check out this video from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the case for impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen:

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Arizona’s Paul Gosar Proposes Amending Coronavirus Package to Replace Pork with $10,000 Stimulus Checks

Gosar wants direct aid to the American people.

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Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona has proposed that the federal government pay stimulus checks of $10,000 to Americans beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic, adopting an approach that would prioritize direct payments to individuals over payments to state and local governments. Gosar’s Amendment, offered on Friday night, would also replace payments to extend federal unemployment benefits.

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As the American Rescue Plan currently stands, $1,400 stimulus checks to American taxpayers who filed less than $75,000 in income in 2018 make up $422 billion- a mere 22% of the total spending in the relief package. Gosar’s proposal would replace much of the questionable spending with direct relief.

If the federal government intends to go ‘all-in’ on deficit spending in response to the coronavirus recession, Gosar’s proposal would ensure that the money is spent directly on the livelihood of American taxpayers. Less than half of the spending of Biden’s stimulus is directly targeted towards taxpayers, with education, energy, transport and state governments receiving almost as much money as the American people under Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan.

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Biden’s pork proposal can easily be retooled to prioritize direct spending to Americans, be it in the shape of stimulus checks or buffed unemployment benefits to Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession. Instead, the establishment Democrat has opted to prioritize payments to powerful lobby groups and corporate institutions.

The American Rescue Plan passed the House in a Friday night vote. Should the massive spending package fail to pass the Senate in budget reconciliation, congressional leaders may be left with no choice but to consider proposals such as Gosar that replace federal spending with direct relief to the American people.


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