Sen. Portman: IRS enforcement laws off the table for infrastructure bill negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 5: Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) takes questions from reporters after meeting with Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors (GM), on Capitol Hill, December 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. GM is under fire for plans to cut around 8,000 salaried workers and 3,300 hourly workers in the United States. The plants currently slated to close are in Lordstown, Ohio, Detroit and Warren, Michigan and Baltimore. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) takes questions from reporters after meeting with Mary Barra on December 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) said negotiations over the infrastructure bill no longer include improving IRS enforcement laws. In an interview on Sunday, the Ohio lawmaker said the idea saw pushback by fellow Republicans.

It was also revealed that IRS enforcement would likely be part of the Democrats larger reconciliation bill. He said lawmakers agreed to a bipartisan bill and Joe Biden has already indicated these items won’t be renegotiated in the reconciliation package.

“That’s the two tracks here…we have the infrastructure bill separately from the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that is a strictly partisan exercise. More typical of Washington, frankly. Ours is the one that’s unusual,” said Portman.

Portman said more meetings are to come in order to figure out how the bill will ultimately be funded. He noted negotiators don’t have a solid bill to consider yet and won’t be pushed into a deadline before they’re ready.

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