Senate moves bill increasing IRS, Dodd-Frank funding

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The committee rejected proposal from Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.) to withhold IRS funding until the Treasury inspector general's recommendations on IRS mismanagement are implemented. 

Democrats and Republicans unanimously agreed to language by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSchumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal 9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for Trump could alter Supreme Court for decades to come MORE (R-Maine) inserted into the bill saying the IRS cannot use its budget to violate First Amendment rights. 

In total, the bill contains $23.2 billion in discretionary spending, an increase from the $21.4 billion enacted in 2013 before automatic sequester cuts went into effect.

The bill increases funding for the implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) gets $110 million more, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) gets $353 million.

A large part of the markup focused on ObamaCare.

Collins got less support for an amendment to stop the IRS from spending money on the ObamaCare employer mandate so long as full-time employment requiring health insurance remains defined at 30 hours of work per week. 

Democrats led by Sen. Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa) argued that even though the Obama administration has delayed the mandate that employers with more than 50 workers provide insurance, the IRS still needs funds to prepare of the mandate in 2015.

The Collins amendment was defeated 14-16.

The committee also rejected an attempt by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Graham9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for UN leader willing to meet lawmakers amid push to cut funding GOP lawmaker: Calling Putin a war criminal could lead to conflict with Russia MORE (R-S.C.) to delay both the employer and individual mandates under ObamaCare by a 14-16 vote.

Graham also failed to pass an amendment forbidding any taxpayer bailouts of bankrupt cities like Detroit.