House panel advances financial services spending bill

House panel advances financial services spending bill
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A House Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday advanced a $23.4 billion bill to provide funding for the IRS, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other financial-related agencies in fiscal 2019.

The bill cleared the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee by voice vote, though Democrats have concerns about the measure. It now heads to the full Appropriations Committee.


The bill would increase IRS funding by $186 million compared to this year, and includes $77 million for the agency to use to implement the new tax-cut law President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE signed in December. Republicans in recent years have generally sought to cut the IRS's budget, but have been more open to giving the agency a funding boost since the tax law passed.

The bill would provide the SEC with $1.66 billion, a decline of $201 million compared to this year. The decline in funding relates to one-time costs in 2018 associated with lease renewals.

The measure also includes a number of financial services reforms sought by Republicans, including making the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau subject to federal appropriations.

Other agencies funded by the bill include the federal judiciary, Small Business Administration, Federal Communications Commission and Office of National Drug Control Policy.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter Frelinghuysen'Minibus' spending conference committee abruptly canceled GOP runs into Trump tax law in New Jersey Fortenberry named chairman of legislative appropriations subcommittee in House MORE (R-N.J.) said the bill has "a lot of merit."

Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesHouse committee approves spending bill that would boost IRS funding House panel advances financial services spending bill Georgia governor vetoes controversial hacking legislation MORE (R-Ga.), chairman of the financial services subcommittee, praised in particular a provision that would set aside $585 million that can't be spent until there is a budget deficit of zero or a budget surplus.

But Democrats expressed concerns because the bill doesn't include any direct funding to state governments for election integrity efforts.

"The 2019 financial services bill is inadequate at best, negligent at worst," said the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyClash looms over ICE funding Senate chairman urges move to two-year budgetary process Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems see midterm advantage in new ObamaCare fight MORE of New York.

Lowey also blasted "poison pill riders" that "continue the assault on consumers, women's reproductive healthcare and the District of Columbia."