Budget & Appropriations – President’s FY 2019 Budget Proposes Drastic Cuts for Disability-related Programs

The Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request on Feb. 12. This document outlines the Administration’s spending and revenue priorities for the next decade. Among the many proposed cuts of concern to the disability community are:

  • Medicaid would be drastically cut through per capita caps and block grants. In addition, the President’s Budget assumes repeal of critical provisions such as the requirements for adequate benefits and affordable health plans that protect people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) would be cut by roughly $70 billion.
  • Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act Programs would see double digit cuts – State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (-23%), University Centers for Excellence in Disabilities (-13%), and Projects of National Significance (-90%).
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) would lose $213 billion, a reduction of 30%.
  • Housing programs would lose $6.8 billion, including major cuts in housing choice vouchers, public housing, and other vital programs for people with disabilities.

Though the President’s Budget Request does not have the force of law, it can set the stage for the Congressional budgets which follow. The Senate has indicated that it will not consider a FY 2019 budget due to the recent budget deal to raise spending caps for defense and non-defense discretionary programs, however it is unclear if the House intends to do so. Click here to see proposed spending levels for discretionary programs in the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request. Click here to read The Arc’s statement.

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