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Senate GOP Maneuvers and May Have Just Blocked A Democrat Filibuster

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Senate GOP Maneuvers and May Have Just Blocked A Democrat Filibuster

On Friday, the Senate Budget Committee released a budget resolution for 2018 that would allow the party to shield its tax reform bill from a Democratic filibuster.

The plan would also cut spending by $5.1 trillion over the next ten years. It also does not include social security.

It would leave 2017 spending levels in place, but also begin cutting non-defense spending by billions of dollars.
Defense spending levels would remain stable, unlike the massive increases sought by the Trump administration and included in the House budget.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said, “This budget resolution puts our nation on a path to balance by restraining federal spending, reducing tax burdens, and boosting economic growth. It is also the first important step in providing Congress with the tools it needs to enact tax reform that will grow America’s economy and strengthen hardworking families and small businesses.”
The resolution is expected to go to the full senate in mid-October.
The House’s budget, although, has some key differences.
The Senate’s resolution:
  • Keeps defense spending at the budget cap levels outlined by the Budget Control Act.
  • It hacks away at non-defense spending staring in 2019, cutting it by as much as $106 billion by 2027.

The House’s resolution:

  • Cuts into non-defense spending right away
  • Includes a $70 billion increase in defense spending in 2018 alone.

The House budget has also included instructions for $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts. They will be applied to welfare, anti-poverty and agriculture programs.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said, “It would be disingenuous to suggest that $200 billion worth of mandatory spending cuts would make it in the Senate budget. So it’ll have to be worked out in conference, and compromises will have to be made.”

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Credit: The Hill

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