Congress is poised to pass a $1.1 trillion appropriations measure in the coming days, which, if you’re a fiscal conservative, is just another reminder of the Republican surrender on hard-fought, bipartisan spending cuts won in April 2011.
Though there is little to be happy about in terms of the overall spending deal, there is a silver-lining. Congressional negotiators have apparently agreed to language that would prohibit the Internet Revenue Service (IRS) from targeting groups because of their political ideology, according The Washington Times, and significant cuts to the Obamacare slush fund, in addition to preserving incandescent light bulbs:
[S]ome of the most interesting action happened on the sidelines, where negotiators agreed to strict rules to prevent the from targeting groups for ideological scrutiny, and specifically banning the agency from targeting citizens “for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment.”
Negotiators also agreed to block the from imposing standards that effectively would prohibit the sale of incandescent light bulbs. The move continues a prohibition that Republicans imposed when they took control of the in 2011.