Budget & Appropriations – House Budget Committee Passes FY 2018 Budget Resolution

The House Budget Committee approved a Budget Resolution on a 22-14 party-line vote. The 10-year budget plan includes:

  • $4.4 trillion in cuts from Mandatory programs:
    • $1.5 trillion cut from Medicaid and other health programs (includes House-passed American Health Care Act cuts plus additional cuts)
    • $487 billion cut from Medicare
    • $4 billion cut from Social Security disability insurance (SSDI)
    • Almost $2.5 trillion cut from other mandatory programs like SNAP (food stamps) and other income security programs
  • $1.3 trillion in cuts to Non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs below the current cap, while defense is increased $930 billion above the cap. This would put NDD funding (which includes many disability-related programs such as housing, employment, education, and transportation) at 17% below 2010 levels when factoring in inflation.

The House budget also provides “reconciliation instructions” for 11 committees to fast-track a package of spending cuts and tax cuts, requiring only 50 votes in the Senate to pass. Since the instructions specify “deficit-neutral” rather than “revenue-neutral” tax reform, the Ways & Means Committee will be able offset the costs of tax cuts with cuts to mandatory spending, such as Medicaid and Medicare. The House of Representatives is expected to take up this measure in September. The Arc strongly opposes the House Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Resolution.

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