Even when Congress uses sequestration, it does so as a political tool to force voluntarily spending reductions and often doesn't allow the full cuts to take effect. When lawmakers failed to do so, the law triggered automatic budget cuts to the national security budget.
A super Congress made up of a select group of 12 members of both the U. House of Representatives and U. The super Congress failed to reach an agreement, however. The sequestration cuts imposed in the legislation took effect in and continue through Critics of sequestration say spending cuts threaten national security through Defense Department reductions and harm the economy because federal works are often furloughed or laid off. Share Flipboard Email. Issues The U. Legal System U. Foreign Policy U. Liberal Politics U. Updated March 31, Moreover, this uniform percentage reduction is applied to all programs, projects, and activities within a budget account.
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Gradually increase Medicare Part B and Part D premiums so that they cover roughly 28 percent of costs, up from the current one-quarter of costs. The Republican Study Committee, which counts more than half of House Republicans as members, released a budget for that includes a Medicare premium increase. Congressional Republicans have never supported either of these drug policies, and neither has appeared in a Republican budget.
Mandatory programs in this function help working Americans and those struggling to get by meet their most basic needs. These programs provide retirement benefits for military and civilian federal employees, provide basic income protection for aged and disabled Americans living in poverty, support children in foster care, and ensure Americans can meet basic standards of living through assistance with child care, housing, and nutrition. During the markup of the budget resolution, Republicans said they assumed no savings from some major programs, such as refundable tax credits.
However, to achieve the total savings assumed in this function, it would almost certainly be necessary to cut programs Republicans said they do not intend to cut. An across-the-board cut of 2. But the language of the Republican budget argues for long-term structural reforms, making the illustrative approach outlined below far more likely to reflect GOP priorities and plans. The following set of policies would cover most of the savings required in this function.
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Several of these policies have been assumed in current or past Republican budgets. Limited options exist for getting savings out of this function. Most General Government mandatory spending is for judicially ordered monetary awards against the United States, subsidies to states to reduce borrowing costs for certain bonds issued prior to , and mineral leasing and associated payments to the states.
One way to achieve the extra savings would be to reduce the share of revenues the federal government provides to each state for mineral production occurring on federal lands within that state. Congress already targeted these payments once before. The executive branch has taken steps since to address these long-standing challenges but many of them persist. Among them are lack of reliable data, a complex disposal process, costly environmental requirements, and limited accessibility of some federal properties.
While it is theoretically possible to achieve additional savings in this area, it has proven to be difficult to achieve. Congress recently passed the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of with the goal of streamlining the real estate disposal process. Even so, CBO would not score additional savings because it has no basis to estimate that it would result in more sales as compared to previous law. As discussed earlier in this report, this analysis allocates these amounts roughly proportionately across the major functions to associate them with specific policies. Other policies contributing to the total savings assumed in this function include transferring certain federal lands to state and local governments the true savings achievable from this policy are uncertain, as discussed in the Natural Resources and Environment section and auctioning off more of the electromagnetic radio spectrum for private use, such as by cell phone companies.
Congress sets funding levels for these programs each year and has a wide array of options for complying with these funding limits. This report does not address scenarios for cutting discretionary spending. Skip to main content. Google Tag Manager. Table 2. There is concern that privatizing these assets would increase transmission costs and the price of power to consumers.
For this reason, Congress has rejected these proposals in the past. Eliminate the requirement that Power Marketing Administration rates be limited to a cost-based structure and allow higher rates to be charged for electricity transmission. This would generate savings in the form of additional offsetting receipts from customers. For example: Increase royalties.
Charge inspection fees. Taxpayers currently fund inspections of onshore oil and gas operations.
Increase mineral and mining fees. The General Mining Law of allows the purchase of public lands at prices, and the removal of minerals without royalty. This policy would have much larger effects on the discretionary side, as nearly all highway spending is classified as discretionary. The mandatory component is financed by fees on air traffic over U. A significant portion of these fees are already used for deficit reduction. The Pell grant program is the largest source of federally funded aid for postsecondary education and makes education more affordable for students.
These grants help states improve education results and outcomes for millions of children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Refundability means that lower-income households with little or no tax liability can still benefit from the tax credit. Thus, significantly reducing refundability would hit students at lower income levels the hardest, making it more difficult for them to afford college. These programs help borrowers, particularly low-income borrowers, by allowing them to pay a fixed portion of their income each month towards student loans.
The proposal assumed in the Republican budget would likely increase monthly payments for borrowers, making it difficult for students to pay back their student loans and potentially increasing the default rate.
This would increase student debt burdens and make college less affordable for 6 million students. These programs help students who decide to pursue a career in public service or teaching manage a reasonable loan repayment plan. This would be devastating to states and localities that rely on this funding to assist families and individuals with a wide-range of services.
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These services include daycare for children or adults, protective services, special services for persons with disabilities, and a variety of other programs that promote self-sufficiency and curb abuse and exploitation of individuals who are unable to take care of themselves. Reduce federal subsidies for health insurance in the individual Marketplace, let insurers charge older Americans up to five time what they charge younger people, allow states to waive essential health benefits, convert federal financing for Medicaid to a per-capita cap or block grant, end enhanced funding for the Medicaid expansion population, and other policies in the Republican American Health Care Act, or AHCA.
In , CBO estimated that the AHCA would reduce the number of people with insurance by 23 million by , including 14 million fewer people enrolled in Medicaid, and dramatically increase costs for older and low-income Americans. Add a mandatory work requirement to Medicaid as a condition of eligibility for certain adults. Data from Arkansas, the first state to implement a Medicaid work requirement under a waiver from the Trump Administration, show thousands of people, even those with jobs, stand to lose coverage because they were unable to complete the required paperwork in time.
Lower the Medicaid provider tax safe harbor threshold from 6 percent to 3 percent of net patient revenues over 10 years and then eliminate it over the long term.
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States that currently rely on provider taxes would be forced either to increase their own spending; or to cut Medicaid eligibility, benefits, or provider payments; or a combination. Convert federal payments for Federal Employees Health Benefits FEHB premiums for retirees, Members of Congress, and civilian federal employees into a voucher that grows more slowly than health care costs, as well as increase the length of service required to qualify for full benefits under the FEHB program. Over time a greater share of health care costs would be shifted onto the federal workforce.
A lower Medicaid reimbursement rate would cause D. While traditional Medicare technically remains an option, in reality it would wither away. Sick and frail seniors in traditional Medicare would face skyrocketing costs. Gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age to align with the Social Security normal retirement age, which is scheduled to rise to The budget also tears down the ACA, leaving millions of older Americans with no access to affordable health care.
Restructure Part A and Part B cost-sharing by establishing a unified deductible and catastrophic cap on out-of-pocket costs and restrict Medigap supplemental coverage to require that beneficiaries pay a certain deductible. This means most Medicare beneficiaries in a given year will have to pay more or skip care. The Republican budget assumes this policy.
This policy would disproportionately affect safety-net hospitals.
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Such policies will only increase poverty in America, hamstring our ability to take care of vulnerable citizens during the next economic downturn, and cut off the ladders of opportunity that move people out of poverty. Success requires a stable foundation — this means knowing you have a roof over your head, food for your children, and knowing your children are taken care of while you work.
For example, study after study shows the positive long-term impact of SNAP and child nutrition programs for children, increasing their ability to thrive in school and reach long-term economic success. Fully funding an effective set of services for children in the foster system is the best and most effective way to combat the trauma these children face. Cash assistance.