Friday, October 21, 2005
CBPP analyzes impact of budget reconciliation measure on low income persons--state by state information
Although the House of Representatives has postponed a vote on altering the Congressional budget resolution to require House committees to make deeper cuts in mandatory (i.e., entitlement) programs, the House leadership has made clear that it is committed to achieving the additional cuts. The leadership has said it will direct House committees to increase the total cuts in mandatory programs to $50 billion over five years — up $15 billion from the $35 billion that the budget resolution approved in April calls for — regardless of whether the House votes to amend the budget resolution to require the deeper cuts. A substantial portion of these additional reductions is likely to be achieved by cutting more deeply into programs that provide basic assistance to vulnerable, low-income familiCbppbanner2es andindividuals.
The leadership has not officially released details concerning how the $15 billion in added cuts would be achieved, but media accounts consistently report that the House Ways and Means Committee will be responsible for $7 billion to $8 billion of the additional cuts and the Agriculture Committee will be expected to come up with additional reductions of approximately $1.5 billion. The remaining $5.5 billion to $6.5 billion of added cuts apparently will come from the Education and Workforce Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee.