Further Deficit Reduction Efforts Hinge on Compromises on Entitlement Spending and Revenue

Further deficit reduction negotiations will depend largely on Congress’ ability to negotiate a compromise on the priorities laid out in the House and Senate Budget Resolutions. Presently, they are very far apart on the fundamental issue of the role and size of the federal government. This is reflected in the great divide on the two key issues of entitlement programs (Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and SSI) and revenue (personal and corporate taxes). Any plan negotiated to further reduce our deficits will have a tremendous impact on the future of all federal programs that are critical to the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities in the FY 2014 appropriations and beyond. These issues are next expected to come to a head this summer with the required vote to increase the debt ceiling.

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