Summary of Democratic amendments to the FY19 Republican Budget Resolution. By rejecting every Democratic amendment, Republicans made clear their priorities lie with protecting tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations – not with the American people.
To budget is to choose, and the Republican 2019 House budget resolution presented by Chairman Womack chooses a dark and destructive path for our country. If this budget were to become reality, Congressional Republicans and the Administration would inflict severe damage on our country, threatening our most vulnerable citizens and jeopardizing America’s economic and national security.
As with any budget, the Congressional budget represents a statement of values. It lays out Congress’ budgetary priorities and goals and the changes in revenues and spending necessary to achieve these goals. The resolution allocates spending across a set of functional areas, representing various national needs. This “focus on function” report provides a detailed look at federal spending by function.
While historically a bipartisan endeavor, House Agriculture Committee Republicans have reported, on a party line vote, a reckless and cold-hearted proposal that cuts vital nutrition assistance for families struggling to put food on the table.
The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H.J. Res. 2) expected to be considered on the House floor this week is a very dangerous proposal that would have dire consequences for the economy and American families. It is the next step in the Republican majority’s dangerous plan to starve the government of revenues and use the resulting deficits as an excuse to call for massive reductions in programs that millions of Americans rely on.
The Budget and Economic Outlook released today by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows a deteriorating federal fiscal situation, with deficits nearing $1 trillion in 2019 and continuing to rise thereafter. For the GOP, this is all just part of their dangerous plan to starve the government of revenues and use the resulting deficits as an excuse to call for massive reductions in Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that millions of Americans rely on.
“Sequester” typically refers to the cancellation of budgetary resources after enactment. Congress has acted several times to prevent the harmful “sequester” cuts to discretionary programs. The most recent of these actions was the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA18), which not only prevents discretionary sequester cuts for 2018 and 2019, but also allows additional funding. The sequester will return in 2020 under current law.
The President’s budget for 2019 once again relies on phony economic assumptions to make its deficit projections look less ominous. Even with the phony economics, other deceptions, and reckless cuts to crucial programs Americans rely on, the budget cannot hide the drastically deteriorated deficit outlook resulting from enactment of the Republican tax scam.
The highest-profile new initiative in the President’s budget is a proposal to increase federal investment in infrastructure. The plan is billed as incentivizing at least $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment. If the budget were fully implemented, the end result would likely be a reduction in federal support for transportation infrastructure.
The President’s budget for 2019 shows the Administration is not working on behalf of rural America. It presents a long list of broken promises to rural communities, which disproportionately suffer high and persistent poverty. The President’s budget will make life harder for the millions of Americans living outside of major cities, who are struggling to get by.