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EPA, IRS Budgets Slashed In 2015 Spending Bill

| by Edward Arnold

On Tuesday, lawmakers reached an agreement on a $1.01 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government until the end of September of 2015.

The Senate Appropriations Committee release a summary of the 11 spending measures in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.

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The spending bill will fund the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 27, 2015, by a Continuing Resolution that states the department cannot fund any new proposals by the President. This is a direct response to the President's immigration order, denying the DHS the ability to carry out the President's order. Essentially, the Republicans are postponing the immigration fight until February.

The bill includes $5.4 billion to fight Ebola.

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According to the Washington Post, attachments to the bill include a plan to allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut and a one percent pay raise for military service members and federal employees.

Some domestic agencies will lose money. The EPA's budget will be cut by $60 million, and the IRS will lose $345.6 million.

The House is aiming to vote on the spending bill on Thursday, while the Senate needs to work on a defense and tax bills that already passed in the House.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there is a “very good chance” the Senate will be in session over the weekend, reports ABC News.

“Maybe we'll have to work over the weekend and maybe even work next week,” Reid said. “I mean, I know that's tough duty for everybody, but we may have to do that.”

Source: Washington Post, Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Wikipedia