House Budget Committee Approves FY2017 Budget Resolution

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by NADO Admin

Last week, the House Budget Committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget resolution that holds to the discretionary spending caps included in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.  That budget deal includes a $30 billion increase for discretionary spending in FY2017.  Some Republicans in Congress have objected to the higher discretionary spending limits, advocating for a FY2017 budget resolution that adheres to the caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The House budget resolution attempts to find middle ground by calling for legislation that would cut entitlement programs over two years to offset the higher discretionary limit.

The budget proposal includes a plan to balance the budget in 10 years by cutting the growth of Medicare and repealing the Affordable Care Act.  The plan cuts $6.5 trillion in federal spending over a decade.  The House Budget Committee approved the budget resolution by a vote of 20 to 16, with two Republicans joining all 14 Democrats in opposition.  It is not clear whether House Republicans will be able to unite behind the proposal when it comes to the House floor.

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