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California Republican Rep. Mike Garcia introduced the bill, called the Prioritizing Our Troops Over Tax Collector’s Act
A California Republican lawmaker and Navy veteran is mounting an effort to get military service members a fair wage by redistributing the $80 billion in President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act that Democrats gave to the Internal Revenue Service.
Rep. Mike Garcia, the only Republican representing Los Angeles County in Congress, introduced the Prioritizing Our Troops Over Tax Collector’s Act on Tuesday evening.
It aims to give every service member $15 per hour for an annual wage of $31,200.
Currently there are 23,000 members of the US military who are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, according to figures cited by Garcia.
‘That is 23,000 too many,’ Garcia said in a statement introducing his bill to re-allocate the $80 billion.
‘Providing our military personnel with an adequate base pay raise should be commonsense.'
While the Democrat-controlled House is unlikely to support a bill that deals a blow to Biden's agenda, its introduction just before the November midterms suggests the GOP is looking to make dismantling Democrat spending bills a key priority if they win back Congress.
A House GOP aide told DailyMail.com, 'I think that this bill is the start of a two-pronged strategy for the Republicans once they hit the majority.'
It's aimed at redistributing funds in President Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act that are aimed at enhancing the Internal Revenue Service
The strategy is comprised of having 'to find a way to halt that funding to the IRS' and 'to get servicemembers better pay, the aide said.
Under Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, the $80 billion is going toward enhancing the IRS including hiring 87,000 new employees over the next decade to replace a dwindling workforce.
But Republicans are wary that the surge in resources will