Today the House begins debate on its Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution. The underlying bill, H Con Res 112, was drafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and passed out of committee last week on a 19-18 vote. As detailed in a CWLA summary, the bill makes steep cuts to discretionary spending, alarmingly shifts the burden of the looming sequestration cuts solely to non-defense programs, and dismantles critical entitlement programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
In addition to the Ryan budget, the House will also debate and vote on an alternate budget from House Budget Committee Democrats that would restructure sequestration in a way that would minimize cuts to programs serving vulnerable children and families by using increased revenue as a tool for deficit reduction as opposed to just cutting spending. Other alternate budgets expected to be considered include those proposed by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Republican Study Committee. Final votes are expected to be postponed until tomorrow.
** UPDATE 3/29: The House passed the Ryan budget today by a vote of 228-191 and rejected all of the above alternative plans. Also today, the Coalition on Human Needs released a report documenting the expected impact that sequestration cuts scheduled to go into effect in January, 2013 will have on vulnerable children and families.