Rick Scott Blasts Mitch McConnell For Allowing the Hiring of 87,000 New IRS Agents
Sen. Rick Scott took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday for “caving to the democrats” on the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package. Scott appeared on the Dom Giordano Podcast, criticizing the Kentucky Republican for not doing more to stop the bill last month. “Why couldn’t we have waited two weeks for republicans to take over the house?” Scott asked.
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The spending package included $200 million for the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund, $3 million for an LGBTQ museum, and $3.6 million for the “Michelle Obama Trail.” The bill did, however, include $410 million for border security… in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman.
💸 $1 million for Zora’s House in Ohio, a “coworking and community space” for “women and gender-expansive people of color.”
💸 $3 million for the American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City.
💸 $3.6 million for a Michelle Obama Trail in Georgia.
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) December 20, 2022
The omnibus officially passed the senate on December 22, less than two weeks before republicans reclaimed the house. Had Senate Republicans held the line for just eleven days, the incoming house would have been able to make changes. Scott specifically decried McConnell’s surrender on a provision that dramatically expanded the Internal Revenue Service.
“Guess what, we would have gotten rid of the 87,000 IRS agents.”
Scott emerged as a fierce opponent of McConnell following last year’s disappointing midterm efforts. Soon after republicans failed to retake the senate, he made a bid for leadership. “I ran against Mitch McConnell because he’s been caving to the Democrats.” In a letter asking for his colleagues’ support, he criticized the party for losing touch with its voters and failing to uphold its core values. While his bid was unsuccessful, he has kept up the pressure against McConnell.
Last month, Scott launched a seven-figure national ad buy criticizing the Minority Leader. In the 30-second ad, he calls for new national leadership, saying that republicans “can’t keep doing the same old thing.”
“People told me not to run for Republican leader against Mitch McConnell. They said I wouldn’t win… I knew it was going to be hard, but we gotta start somewhere.”
McConnell has offered some defense, insisting that the status quo is acceptable. He has characterized his detractors as inviting “too much chaos, too much negativity.” McConnell said at a November press conference, “I never predicted a red wave to begin with if you all recall.”
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Earlier this month, Joe Biden traveled to Kentucky to thank McConnell for his help in passing the omnibus package, “It wouldn’t have happened without your hand. It just wouldn’t have gotten done, and I want to thank you for that.”
Scott has not ruled out another bid against McConnell in the future, saying in an interview with Charlie Kirk, “I’m not giving up.”
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