Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23—House-passed Appropriations Act includes IRS spending cuts & restricts use of funds to implement health care reform. On February 19, the House by a vote of 235-189 approved H.R. 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, as amended. The bill, which funds various government departments and agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, includes drastic spending cuts throughout, including to the Treasury Department and IRS. The bill, as amended, would also prevent IRS from using any of the provided funds to implement the individual health insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, P.L. 111-148 ), including the reporting of health insurance purchased by individuals to IRS. December 24, 2009 Ordered to be printed as passed P.L. 111-148 In the Senate of the United States, December 24, 2009. Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (P.L. 111-148) entitled “An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes.”, do pass with the following AMENDMENTS: Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:

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