A plan to restart a controversial program allowing the Internal Revenue Service to contract with private collection agencies to pursue millions of unpaid tax bills is now on the Senate floor.

The provision was tucked into a larger bill, aimed at renewing several expired tax breaks, at the request of Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer's measure has bipartisan support but would be unlikely to reach President Obama’s desk quickly because of an ongoing dispute with the House over reviving expired tax breaks.

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