House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement
WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed a $22 billion measure that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.
The bill passed Wednesday on a nearly party-line 228-195 vote.
Companion legislation has yet to advance in the Senate, and the White House has promised a veto of the House bill for numerous reasons, including a provision that would block the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the requirement that individuals buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP-drafted measure also denies the administration's $35 million request to help community development banks finance projects aimed at making healthy foods more available in neighborhoods that lack grocery stores.
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