Senate Democrats have blocked US Senator Rick Scott's (R-FL) proposal that would curb the IRS from being able to look inside Americans' bank accounts, claiming the Biden Administrations' policy is, "rules for thee, not for me."
Alongside US Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Sen. Scott made a proposal to amend new Democrat legislation that he has described as an "insane overreach defines socialism & tramples Floridians' right to privacy." Scott also elaborated in a Tweet today, comparing the bill to the surveillance styles of the CCP, an entity Scott is infamous for criticizing. The Senator wrote, "I won't stand for this Communist China-style totalitarian surveillance.":
Today, Democrats blocked my & @SenTuberville’s proposal to stop Joe Biden from opening Americans’ bank accounts to the IRS. This insane overreach defines socialism & tramples Floridians' right to privacy. I won't stand for this Communist China-style totalitarian surveillance. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Y1i0gbF8Vy
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 7, 2021
"How can you possibly justify to the American people that the IRS should be snooping around in their bank, retirement, or investment accounts? There is only one explanation and it is simply terrifying, the Democrats want to control how you spend your money," said Senator Scott
According to his co-sponsor, Senator Tuberville, the IRS has the ability to look into every $10,000 you spend. With this new legislation, that figure drops to $600.
Tuberville appeared on Fox News Thursday where he accused Democrats of wanting to put "hundreds of thousands of IRS agents in play," adding "this isn't just Republicans, this is Democrats, this is Americans. Do you want people in your business?"
"If you go out and buy a wedding dress for your daughter, go buy a gun to go hunting, if you buy plane tickets, they're going to know everything you do," Tuberville continued.
The Alabama Senator also hinted at possible blackmail that could easily result in this saying "they [IRS] cannot keep a secret. If they do not like you, they will come after you."
The IRS in general, or any expansion of the organization, is a touchy subject in Washington and especially for Republicans. Over this past decade, conservative activists have complained about being targeted by the entity under the Obama Administration. Since then, IRS representatives have issued apologies.