What to Watch for in the 2019 House Republican Budget
Washington, D.C. –This Wednesday, the House Budget Committee will finally begin marking up the Republicans’ 2019 budget, which will represent the final step of the GOP’s three-step process to give to the rich and make everyone else pay for it. With the GOP tax scam already worsening our deficits, this resolution will detail exactly which vital priorities Republicans want to cut to pay for it.
Here’s what we expect to be on the chopping block:
- Investments in our economic and national security interests.
As has been the case for years, the GOP budget will likely call for deep long-term cuts to core programs that promote our economy, safeguard our resources, and protect our nation—also known as non-defense discretionary spending. These investments support everything from Pell Grants, to groundbreaking research, needed infrastructure projects, and community development. The budget is also expected to take a narrow view of national security that protects military spending but underfunds priorities like diplomacy, foreign aid, public health and environmental threats.
- Retirement & Health Security
As Republican efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act continue to leave more people uninsured and premiums soaring, the proposal is near certain to add to the pain by making severe cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. These programs—which provide millions with health coverage and a secure retirement—serve seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and children. And despite widespread public opposition, this budget may also include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would lead to reduced coverage, gutted protections, and increased costs.
- The Guarantee of a Basic Standard of Living for all Americans.
While Republicans believed huge corporations and the top one percent were in need of tax cuts, they have made it clear that they don’t believe the country can afford housing, income, and nutrition assistance for those most in need. After releasing their alarming GOP Farm Bill, we expect to see even crueler and harsher policies in the GOP budget.
And here’s whom we expect to be protected:
- Millionaires and corporations, whom nonpartisan experts have found to be the real winners from the GOP tax law, will be asked to give up nothing as hardworking families foot the bill for their tax breaks.