Senate moves bill increasing IRS, Dodd-Frank funding

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The committee rejected proposal from Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying 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 Margaret CollinsCNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 The Memo: Trump 'lynching' firestorm is sign of things to come Susan Collins calls on Trump to retract tweet comparing impeachment inquiry to 'lynching' 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 HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinWisconsin lawmaker gets buzz-cut after vowing not to cut hair until sign language bill passed Democratic debates kick off Iowa summer sprint Key endorsements: A who's who in early states 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 Olin GrahamGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Partisan squabbles endanger congressional response to Trump's course on Syria 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.