Senate Stalls Stop-Gap Spending Bill for Government, IRS Operations

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportA stop-gap spending bill to keep the IRS and federal government open after September 30 failed to clear a Senate hurdle on September 27. The continuing resolution (CR) introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure and advance to further Senate consideration. The vote was 45 to 55; a vote to reconsider also failed.The CR would generally maintain funding for government agencies, including the IRS, at current levels through December 9 (TAXDAY, 2016/09/27, C.1). “This 10-week funding bill need not be, as some Democratic leaders seem to wish, some titanic struggle for the ages,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said that Democrats are ready to pass a stop-gap spending bill but the measure must be free of “poison pill” riders.White HouseAlthough President Obama considered the bill to contain attractive elements, he was disappointed in the measure as a whole, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.” It’s not at all clear to me that President Obama is prepared to sign this bill because he believes that Congress has got more work to do,” Earnest said. Congress will need to pass a funding bill before September 30 to avoid a federal government shutdown.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img

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