House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) claimed Tuesday that the Trump administration does not have the authority to disseminate tax refunds during the government shutdown, as the White House says it intends to do.
“Literally, there are $140 billion, approximately, in tax refunds that won’t be able to be sent,” Hoyer said during his weekly press briefing in the Capitol.
Hoyer made these comments on Day 18 of the partial government shutdown that has resulted from a partisan impasse over the funding of a border wall between the United States and Mexico. One of the agencies affected by the stand-off is the Treasury Department, which will oversee the issuing of tax refunds as the 2018 filing season advances.
On Monday, the administration vowed that the shutdown will not delay the IRS’s distribution of tax payments.
“Tax refunds will go out,” Russell Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters on Monday.
“The president now is going to order them to do what we think is illegal to do because he wants to act like a dictator,” Hoyer said.
The voting will continue this week. On Wednesday, January 16th, they will vote on a financial services bill to reopen the Treasury Department; on Thursday, January 17th, they’ll bring two bills to the floor, one funding the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration, and another financing the Interior Department, including the National Park Service. And on Friday January 18th, they will vote to reopen the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments.
“These are not our bills, but we want to open up the government and therefore we are compromising by only offering Republican bills,” Hoyer said.
Get out the popcorn… its getting good. Trumpis really playing with our lives.