August 12, 2022

Controversial Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert got all stompy feet on the House floor over the Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act and ended up having her mic cut while she was gaveled down.

"You are sacrificing American families at the altar of climate change. You're using the power of the federal government for armed robbery," Boebert said while raising her voice.

"What are we doing here? Why are we passing this so-called 'Inflation Reduction Act' if it's at zero percent?!" Boebert fumed.

"The gentlewoman's time has expired," the chair said while banging a gavel.

Boebert continued to rant.

"And it does the exact opposite of what Americans need right now," she insisted. "This is just another con game by the Democrats calling something one thing and saying another. This is making the IRS - with armed agents - larger than the Pentagon, the State Department, the FBI."

"You're using the power of the federal government for armed robbery on the taxpayers," Boebert continued.

"I can only see why this was rushed through committee and put on the floor ...,' Boebert said before getting her mic cut.

Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth called her out over her claim that 87,000 new hires at the IRS will be armed. In fact, the Associated Press notes that the IRS lost 50,000 employees in the last five years.

"I will say in response to the gentlewoman from Colorado. This is typical of what the Republicans are doing," he shot back. First of all, they're making up numbers. That is a totally fabricated number."

"And the idea that they're armed," Yarmuth continued. "I know that Ms. Boebert would like everybody to be armed as they are in her restaurant. But that's not what IRS agents do."

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