House Approves Broad Spending Plan With Cuts to IRS

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The House approved a spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year that cuts funding for the Internal Revenue Service while boosting the budget for the watchdog agency that digs into its operations.

The vote was 219-206 and came in the late evening, after a day of suspense over whether House Republicans could cobble together enough votes from their own party and Democrats to pass it.

The Senate was slated to take up the measure before adjourning during the upcoming weekend. The IRS would see its budget fall by $345.6 million, to $10.9 billion. That is $1.5 billion less than President Barack Obama requested in February, and it reflects congressional Republicans' position that the agency's budget can be pared back along with other government operations even as the IRS tries to improve its performance.