After seven years railing against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congressional Republicans have finally produced a so-called “replacement” plan that is actually not a health care bill at all.
The President’s preliminary budget cannot really even be called a budget, as it leaves out more information than it contains. But it can be called cold-hearted and irresponsible, as it severely reduces services and programs that are vital to American families.
CBO recently reported that the economy is currently on solid ground. You would never know that if you listened to Republican Members at our recent hearing with CBO Director Keith Hall.
Non-defense discretionary spending – NDD in budget-speak – funds core government programs that invest in and safeguard people and resources. It provides the vital services and protections Americans value, need, and deserve. And it’s in jeopardy.
Non-defense discretionary funding provides resources for hundreds of programs that affect Americans every day – programs that range from producing innovative research to advance the quality of our lives, to making sure Americans drink clean water, breathe clean air, travel safely, and maintain our status as the world’s economic leader.
“Sequester” typically refers to the cancellation of budgetary resources after enactment. This is true for direct spending subject to the BCA’s deficit reduction sequester, but in the case of discretionary funding, the “sequester-level spending caps” constrain total appropriations, rather than reduce funding after enactment.
Eight years ago, the new Obama Administration faced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with record deficits and massive job losses. Since then, successful efforts to create jobs and grow the economy have created a solid foundation to pass along to the next President.
Many of the proposals, described as mere budget process changes, are designed to cut Medicare and other benefits crucial to millions of Americans without Congress having to vote for specific benefit cuts.
(Originally published February 1, 2016)
For several years now, House Republican leaders have professed an interest in overhauling the nation’s anti-poverty safety net. They lay out an abstract vision to “strengthen America’s social safety net to better help those in need…and empower everyone to live their own American Dream.”