House and Senate Vote on “Cut, Cap, and Balance” Bill

The House passed the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill, H.R. 2560, by a vote of 234 to 190 and the Senate rejected it by a vote of 51 to 46. The bill would require cuts of approximately $6 trillion over 10 years, cap federal spending at 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and require Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment.  The Arc strongly opposes this legislation as it would lead to massive, unprecedented cuts in entitlement programs (Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security) and discretionary program (e.g., housing, education, employment) that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities rely on to live in the community.

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