Senate Fails to Pass All Five FY 2013 Budget Proposals

Today the Senate voted on five budget measures—a proposal put forth by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) based on his explanation of the Obama FY 2013 budget resolution, the House budget resolution which passed last week, and plans by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT) –all of which failed to meet the simple majority need to pass. Together with the House passed budget, the proposals by Toomey, Rand, and Lee would repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010, make devastating cuts to mandatory and discretionary programs serving vulnerable children and families and block grants Medicaid and the food stamp program (SNAP).

As expressed in CWLA’s 2012 Legislative Agenda, CWLA believes that safeguarding critical programs designed to protect and ensure the health of vulnerable children and families should remain a priority for Congress. In addition, CWLA remains concerned that recent budgetary actions in Congress will negatively impact the vulnerable children and families who rely on these safety net programs and therefore will continue to express opposition to these proposed cuts.

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