House budget deal held up on mandatory spending snag

House budget deal held up on mandatory spending snag

The committee also voted Wednesday to zero out spending next year for an annual package of grants to nonprofit groups, community agencies, and volunteer fire companies, so they could nail down a fiscal 2018 operating budget.

"We just simply don't know how to govern", Womack, a member of the House Budget Committee, told the Washington Post.

The House Budget Committee canceled plans to send a budget resolution for fiscal 2018 to the floor this week, lawmakers said on Tuesday, as conservative Republicans pushed to add hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the spending blueprint that would take effect October 1.

The Republican Party is the majority and controlling party in both the House and the Senate.

Representative Jim Jordan, a leading member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is pushing to cut as much as $400 billion over a decade from a range of programs that benefit the poor. "I do see a viable path".

"This [past] weekend, I think everyone of us had rallies and activities in our states and we're going to be doing that from the time we go home to the time we come back", Schumer stated.

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The $200 billion cut to mandatory spending was an attempt to thread the needle between conservatives who wanted more deficit reduction for mandatory spending and moderates concerned about cutting too deeply into the safety net, but now it appears neither side is happy.

Some committee chairmen are raising concerns about the additional cuts they would be tasked with coming up with if the budget called for $200 billion in savings.

The House Freedom Caucus is threatening to withhold its support from the budget resolution unless deeper cuts are made to mandatory spending, largely in welfare programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black has forged agreement with the Armed Services panel to increase the Pentagon's budget by nearly $20 billion above President Donald Trump's already generous increase, with another $10 billion in war costs tacked on.

"There is agreement with the budget committee, armed services committee and appropriations committee on the topline for defense this year, as well as consistent steady growth in future years", said House armed services chairman Mac Thornberry.

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