By a margin of 240-179, House lawmakers approved funding for the Internal Revenue Service for fiscal 2008 and in the process eliminated a provision that would have capped spending on the service's private debt collection program at $1 million. The program, which has divided Congress along party lines, allows the IRS to contract with private debt agencies to collect delinquent taxes. Having a $1 million limit would have ended the program. Currently the IRS has contracted with two private agencies, but is looking to expand the program this year according to reports.
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