“Let’s not present what the Republicans say as any fact,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) instructed reporters Friday, responding to a question about Democrats’ $1.7 trillion tax-and-spend “Build Back Better” bill.
At a press event celebrating House passage of the “Build Back Better” bill, a reporter asked Pelosi the following question:
"How do you respond to Republicans today that say Democrats lied to the American public when they said this plan costs zero dollars when the CBO says it, at least, adds $160 billion to the debt?"
"Let's just not present what the Republicans say as any fact that you’re predicating a question on. I mean, understand what’s happening around here, okay,” Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi, then, turned the microphone over to Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who explained the administration’s stance on the issue:
“So they hung their halts on the issue of the IRS. We believe, according to the IRS commissioner, a Republican appointed by the former president, who said, by the way, there could be up to a trillion dollars that's hanging out there. He said that. We didn't say it. We subscribed to the $400 billion mark which, not only that commissioner but the former commissioner subscribed to as well, in investment in software, for better modeling at the IRS, an investment in allowing auditors to upgrade their own skills. Your chances of being audited over the ETC are now greater than your chances of being audited if you're paid in dividends and capital gains.”