House and Senate FY 2016 Budget Conferees hold first meeting

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 House and Senate Budget Committee’s Conferees met for the first time on April 20. The Conferees are working to iron out the differences between their chambers’ FY 2016 Budget Resolutions. Since the differences are considered to be relatively small, they are expected to reach consensus and pass a concurrent budget resolution. Unfortunately, both budget resolutions contained drastic cuts to both the entitlement (Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security) and discretionary programs (e.g. housing, education, employment, protection and advocacy) that are critical for people with disabilities. In addition, they both contain reconciliation instructions which direct Congressional Committees to develop legislation to carry out the cuts to certain entitlement and other programs. However, any reconciliation legislation would then be subject to additional votes and ultimately presidential approval. For more information, see The Arc’s summaries of the FY 2016 House and Senate budget resolutions:

The Senate Conferees are:

Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
David Perdue (R-GA)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Angus King (I-Maine)

The House conferees are:

Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA)
Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Diane Black (R-TN)
John Moolenaar (R-MI)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
John Yarmuth (D-KY)
Gwen Moore (D-WI)

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