Senate Sends Government Funding Bill to Trump’s Desk

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (HR 244) on May 4 by a 79-to-18 vote. The bill will fund the federal government, including the IRS, through September, which marks the end of the fiscal year.The House passed the bill the day before by a 309-to-118 vote. The omnibus spending bill now heads to President Trump’s desk where his signature is expected to avert a government shutdown.Under the fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus spending bill, funding for the IRS is set at $11.2 billion, thus freezing the Service’s budget at FY 2016 levels. The bill maintains the current level of funding for Taxpayer Services at $2.1 billion, which includes the additional $290 million that was previously provided to improve customer service.Both Democrats and Republicans are calling the bill in general a “win” for their respective parties, but concessions were made by both to reach broad, bipartisan support.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img

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