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House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Bill
Legislation will fund the judiciary, law enforcement, and small business programs, while targeting the Internal Revenue Service for cuts

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Washington, Jul 16 -

The House today approved the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill (H.R. 5016) on a vote of 228-195. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several other agencies.

The bill totals $21.3 billion in funding for these agencies, which is $566 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $2.3 billion below the President’s request for these programs. The legislation prioritizes programs critical to enforcing laws, maintaining an effective judiciary system, and helping small businesses, while targeting lower-priority or poor-performing programs – such as the Internal Revenue Service – for reductions.

“This legislation reflects common-sense decisions to prioritize programs and services that are effective, efficient, and responsible with taxpayer dollars, and I’m pleased that it received House approval today,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill will help ensure wise investments and good stewardship of each and every tax dollar, while focusing appropriate funding cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies – such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service.”

“The subcommittee jurisdiction covers a diverse group of agencies and activities, including financial regulators, tax collection, the White House, federal courts, the District of Columbia, the General Services Administration, and the Small Business Administration,” Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw said. “With an allocation of $566 million less than fiscal year 2014, we have provided critical funding to support small businesses and law enforcement while reducing funding for activities that are not essential to the operations of the federal government or that have a history of wasting taxpayer resources. The bill also takes important steps to make the Administration, the Internal Revenue Service in particular, more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer,” he continued.

For a list of House adopted amendments to the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.16.14_FY_2015_Financial_Services_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

For the text of the bill, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hr5016/BILLS-113hr5016rh.pdf

 For the bill report, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/crpt/hrpt508/CRPT-113hrpt508.pdf

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