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Budget

 
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Price’s Proposal Negatively Affects Medicare, Social Security, SSI

Two key themes stand out in Price’s plan: “the harsh treatment of social and other programs versus lenient treatment of tax breaks, and the risks posed by the proposed entitlement cap to the economy and people in need."

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FY 2017 Budget Squabbles Likely to Get Ugly

Republicans, Democrats and conservative hardliners square off in the battle over the FY 2017 federal budget immediately on return from their nearly two-month absence from Capitol Hill to attend the political conventions and observe their traditional August vacation.

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Popular Programs, Agencies May See Funding Increases

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees are close to passing their appropriations (S 3040 and HR 5926) measures to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Depts. in FY 2017.

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Senate Appropriators Kill SHIP, Severely Slash Senior Jobs Program

The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced an FY17 funding bill that cuts two critical programs for older adults. The measure would eliminate all $52.1 million in funding for the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and deeply cut the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) by $34.4 million.

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Future Funding for HHS, DOL, DoED Draws Bipartisan Support

A Senate appropriations subcommittee passes an FY 2017 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education that has support from both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.

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GOP-Led Budget Plan Would Slash SNAP Funding

The House Republican FY 2017 budget plan would dramatically reduce the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), cutting benefits for millions of families and elderly Americans who depend on the program, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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GOP Proposed Budget Hits Safety Net Programs Hard

Based on the severity of its recommended cuts, the House budget flies directly in the face of statements made by Republican leaders that reducing poverty is a top GOP priority.

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FY 2017 Budget Proposal Seeks $2.076 Billion for ACL

The White House, in its FY 2017 spending proposal, has requested a $2.076 billion budget for the Administration for Community Living, an increase of $28.4 million over the FY 2016 actual budget.

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Proposed Budget Would Give CMS $1.17 Trillion to Spend

The president's FY 2017 budget proposal for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calls for $1.17 trillion in mandatory and discretionary outlays, a net increase of $26, billion above the FY 2016 level. The request would finance Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), private health insurance programs, program integrity efforts, and operating costs.

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Omnibus Bill Approved; No Government Shutdown

Congress approves a bipartisan agreement on an omnibus appropriations bill for the remainder of FY 2016. Apparently deciding that a shutdown going into an election year could hurt them, the GOP leadership dropped most of the so-called “poison bill” policy riders opposed by the White House.

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