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house Bill H.R. 5485

Nearly $22 Billion for Federal Courts, the District of Columbia and the IRS for FY2017

Argument in favor

This legislation would rein in bureaucratic overreach and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. When Congress willing to cut $1.5 billion in spending on what it views as lower priority programs that should be commended.

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06/23/2016
The IRS needs an overhaul it is an over reaching arm of B.O.'s administration used for the Democrats political purposes. Get Rid Of It!!
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06/24/2016
Cutting the Federal Budget $1.5B is good no matter what for except the Military Security Budget. But it was tragic to hear that this would affect the IRS Budget. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I grinned ear to ear. Corrupt Federal Agencies needs severe Budget cut backs. No bloated bonuses to worthless Secretary or bureau lifers. Obama used these bloated budgets of the WH to support his illegal Executive Orders and hide his corruption. Can't go on... Making me sick thinking about our Socialist/Fascists Government. Our Founding Fathers expected laws to be followed, not ignored. Judges used to have ETHICS.
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Debra's Opinion
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06/24/2016
READ THRU ENTIRELY & CAREFULLY!Surface info is very deceiving! This STOPS the IRS implementing Affordable Care Act! & STOPS DC Financing ABORTION money funneling from Federal / Local funds. This PROVES how much money it will cost taxpayers when a President tries to use/abuse EXECUTIVE ORDERS! This gives a committee of 5 to oversee funding instead of a Director of 1. There are MANY more great improvements for USA in this BILL! PLEASE READ!
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Argument opposed

This bill would undermine the ability of the IRS to do its job, while also including ideological provisions aimed at weakening consumer protections and the ability of the District of Columbia to govern itself.

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06/23/2016
The IRS is one of the least essential agencies in the federal government. We should shut down the non-essential IRS forever and replace it with FairTax Act. The FairTax Act would reform the tax structure of the United States by replacing the inefficient income tax with a pro-growth consumption tax and would eliminate the need for the IRS because the FairTax would be administered in much the same manner as states administer state sales taxes.
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Christopher's Opinion
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06/23/2016
This bill seems to have general funding and departmental items attached. However, in the details, this bill seems to scuttle a lot of abilities and services from multiple agencies. Voting Nay and asking for revision.
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Krista's Opinion
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06/23/2016
Stop treating citizens of DC as second class citizens!!!! We have rights and government in place to be able to manage funding for our citizens without other states telling us how to spend (or prohibit spending) based on beliefs for their own residences. Why should we not have the same rights as any other citizen of the United States? We aren't allowed a voting voice on the floor of congress, only in a committee. Tell your states representatives to stop messing with how we spend money for our citizens and programs, we don't mess with your state and people.
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What is House Bill H.R. 5485?

This bill would provide $21.7 billion in funding for the Treasury Dept., the federal court system, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other agencies during fiscal year 2017. That’s $1.5 billion less than what was provided in fiscal year 2016 and $2.7 billion less than the president’s budget request.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

A total of $10.9 billion in funding would go to the IRS, which is $236 million less than it received in fiscal year 2016 and $1.3 billion less than the president’s budget request for the tax-collecting agency. Funding for Taxpayer Services would remain at its current level — $2.1 billion — while an additional $290 million would fund improved customer service.

A proposed IRS regulation related to tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations and political activities would be blocked on the grounds that this bill’s authors believe it may impact the tax-exempt status of nonprofit groups and the ability of donors to exercise their freedom of speech. There would also be extensive new requirements for reporting on IRS spending imposed by this legislation, plus a number of other prohibitions, including:

  • A ban on funds for bonuses or to rehire former employees unless employee conduct and tax compliance is considered;

  • A ban on funds to target individuals or groups for scrutiny because of their ideological beliefs or exercising their First Amendment rights;

  • A ban on funds for the White House to order the IRS to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization;

  • A prohibition on funds for the production of inappropriate videos and conferences.

The IRS would also be blocked from further implementing the Affordable Care Act or the individual mandate to buy health insurance.

Judiciary

$7 billion would be set aside for the federal courts, $177 million more than they were provided in fiscal year 2016. This funding would go toward operations, improving safety at courtrooms by supervising offenders and defendants, and improving the efficiency and speed of processing federal cases.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

$883 million would be made available to the SBA which includes the full funding needed — $157 million — to support $28.5 billion in 7(a) and $7.5 billion in 504 small business loans. There would be $186 million set aside to allow for quick loan processing when natural disasters strike certain areas. Here are some other programs within the SBA that would receive funding:

  • $125 million for Small Business Development Centers;

  • $20 million for State Trade and Export Promotion;

  • $19 million for Women’s Business Centers.

General Services Administration (GSA)

$9.2 billion from the Federal Buildings Fund would be provided to the GSA, a reduction of $951 million from the previous year. Most of the savings and spending reductions would come from the GSA’s new construction account, while other funding would go toward consolidating federal office spaces and disposing of properties to conserve costs.

$200 million would go to the continued construction of the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

$1.5 billion would fund the SEC for fiscal year 2017, $50 million less than the prior year and $226 million less than the president’s budget request. All unspent funds in the SEC’s reserve fund would be rescinded so the SEC could no longer freely spend the money. Reporting requirements related to the cost of compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act to businesses would also be included, and the SEC would be prohibited from requiring the disclosure of political contributions in regulatory filings.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

$315 million would go to the FCC, a cut of $69 million from the previous year and $43 million less than the president’s request. It would prohibit Net Neutrality from being implemented until ongoing court cases are resolved, require proposed regulations to be published online 21 days before an FCC vote, and delay the proposed set-top box rule until a study is completed.

District of Columbia

$725 million would be paid to the District by the federal government, which is $4.6 million less than the previous year and $38 million below the president’s request. Most of this funding goes toward public safety, security costs, and other essential services, $45 million would go to the D.C. school choice program known as SOAR. Additionally, federal and local funds would be prevented from being used for abortion, needle exchanges, or to further marijuana legalization.

Executive Office of the President (EOP)

$692 million would go to the EOP for fiscal year 2017, an increase of $171,000 from the previous year. Cuts to drug control programs proposed by the president’s budget would be denied, and they would instead receive $5 million more than in 2016. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would be required to release information about the expected costs of Executive Orders and Presidential Memorandums.

Presidential Transition

There would be several one-time funding increases related to the upcoming presidential transition including:

  • $9.5 million for the GSA;

  • $7.6 million for the EOP;

  • $4.9 million for the National Archives and Records Administration;

  • $25 million Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security in the District of Columbia.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Funding for this agency would no longer come directly from the Federal Reserve and would now be subject to the annual congressional appropriations process. The organizational structure of the CFPB would also be reformed so that it’s led by a five member Commission rather than a single Director.

Miscellaneous

This legislation also contains several prohibitions, including:

  • A prohibition against the use of funds from the Federal Employee Health Benefits program for abortion;

  • A ban on funding to require entities applying for or working under federal contracts to disclose campaign contributions they’ve made;

  • A ban on travel to Cuba for educational exchanges, importing property confiscated by the Cuban government, financial transactions with Cuban intelligence or their military, or to approve a trademark or commercial name taken by the Cuban government;

  • A prohibition on funds to raise the pay of the Vice President and other senior political appointees.

Impact

Residents of the District of Columbia and those that work for its government; federal courts; the Treasury Dept.; the GSA; and the FCC.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5485

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) introduced this bill to encourage efficient spending within the agencies that receive their funding from this appropriations package:

“Federal agencies have a duty and obligation to use hard-earned taxpayer dollars in the most effective and efficient manner. Americans work hard for the money they send to Washington and expect their legislators to make the same tough budget decisions that they have made. Our bill is the product of comprehensive hearings with input from both sides of the aisle with an emphasis on economic growth and job creation through small businesses, while bolstering law enforcement to protect our citizens.”

Through the OMB, the Obama administration threatened to veto this legislation if it were to be passed by Congress because of a host of provisions that the White House “strongly opposes”:

“The legislation includes highly problematic ideological provisions that restrict the IRS’s ability to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), interfere with important new regulations designed to protect consumers from risky or abusive lending, and undermine the principle of home rule for the District of Columbia.”



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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user 401(K) 2013)

AKA

Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017

Official Title

Making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 8th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 239 Yea / 185 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 15th, 2016

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    The IRS needs an overhaul it is an over reaching arm of B.O.'s administration used for the Democrats political purposes. Get Rid Of It!!
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    The IRS is one of the least essential agencies in the federal government. We should shut down the non-essential IRS forever and replace it with FairTax Act. The FairTax Act would reform the tax structure of the United States by replacing the inefficient income tax with a pro-growth consumption tax and would eliminate the need for the IRS because the FairTax would be administered in much the same manner as states administer state sales taxes.
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    This bill seems to have general funding and departmental items attached. However, in the details, this bill seems to scuttle a lot of abilities and services from multiple agencies. Voting Nay and asking for revision.
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    Cutting the Federal Budget $1.5B is good no matter what for except the Military Security Budget. But it was tragic to hear that this would affect the IRS Budget. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I grinned ear to ear. Corrupt Federal Agencies needs severe Budget cut backs. No bloated bonuses to worthless Secretary or bureau lifers. Obama used these bloated budgets of the WH to support his illegal Executive Orders and hide his corruption. Can't go on... Making me sick thinking about our Socialist/Fascists Government. Our Founding Fathers expected laws to be followed, not ignored. Judges used to have ETHICS.
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    Stop treating citizens of DC as second class citizens!!!! We have rights and government in place to be able to manage funding for our citizens without other states telling us how to spend (or prohibit spending) based on beliefs for their own residences. Why should we not have the same rights as any other citizen of the United States? We aren't allowed a voting voice on the floor of congress, only in a committee. Tell your states representatives to stop messing with how we spend money for our citizens and programs, we don't mess with your state and people.
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    The spending cuts need to start at the top- no pension plan for congress, they only get paid for the days they work. No fact finding trips, lifetime benefits such as health care. First bill to be passed- all offices in Washington, DC must cut their spending by 10 % ( not money that goes out to the people but the money they spend} Bill 2, do away with most of the extras and benefits given to congress= you expect us to pay for these things so should you
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    READ THRU ENTIRELY & CAREFULLY!Surface info is very deceiving! This STOPS the IRS implementing Affordable Care Act! & STOPS DC Financing ABORTION money funneling from Federal / Local funds. This PROVES how much money it will cost taxpayers when a President tries to use/abuse EXECUTIVE ORDERS! This gives a committee of 5 to oversee funding instead of a Director of 1. There are MANY more great improvements for USA in this BILL! PLEASE READ!
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    Get rid of the IRS and give us the Fair Tax!
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    We shouldn't continue with the IRS. It is the definition of waste and is representative of a huge federal government which needs downsizing.
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    This bill has at LEAST two things going for it. (1.) Obama is against it, and (2.) more importantly, it’s $1.5 billion less than what was provided in fiscal year 2016 and $2.7 billion less than the president’s budget request. ;-D But this is the MAIN reason I'm in favor of this bill: A proposed IRS regulation related to tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations and political activities would be blocked on the grounds that this bill’s authors believe it may impact the tax-exempt status of nonprofit groups and the ability of donors to exercise their freedom of speech. There would also be extensive new requirements for reporting on IRS spending imposed by this legislation, plus a number of other prohibitions, including: A ban on funds for bonuses or to rehire former employees unless employee conduct and tax compliance is considered; A ban on funds to target individuals or groups for scrutiny because of their ideological beliefs or exercising their First Amendment rights; A ban on funds for the White House to order the IRS to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization; A prohibition on funds for the production of inappropriate videos and conferences. The IRS would also be blocked from further implementing the Affordable Care Act or the individual mandate to buy health insurance. Another good provision of this bill: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would be required to release information about the expected costs of Executive Orders and Presidential Memorandums.
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    Not cutting enough.
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    Efficient spending is good
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    This bill is nothing more than a ploy to enforce special provisions. NO
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    What kind of sick joke is it to suppose the IRS is going to be "reigned in" by more funding?
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    Not only does this bill reduce the safety of funding for the Consumer Protection, it continues to undermine the rights of over half a million people living in the District. Absurd ideas do not lead to reasonable laws.
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    Less government would be a good thing. The. tax system is abominable. Let's make it less complicated and less fraudulent.
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    This is a bill intended solely for political games. Read deeply and in-between the lines because the amount of policies hidden within this one piece of legislation is daunting - purposefully so.
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    I'm for smaller government
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    The IRS need reform. Until it's reformed, no more funding.
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    Infringement of our Civil Liberties is a crime against citizens and amounts to treason.
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