On March 29, by a vote of 228 to
191, the House approved a budget resolution for fiscal year 2013, after
defeating a series of substitute amendments offered by both Democrats and
Republicans. The budget resolution was
approved with support from 228 Republicans.
The House-passed budget resolution
is largely identical to the proposal that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul
Ryan (R-WI) announced early last week. It
calls for $205 billion in Medicare savings and $770 billion in Medicaid and
other health savings over ten years. A
Medicare premium support system and Medicaid block grants are included among
the policies that would be advanced under this budget resolution. The budget resolution also instructs six
House committees to develop recommendations – no later than April 27, 2012 –
for a budget reconciliation bill that is intended to achieve budget savings
that would serve as an alternative to the across-the-board sequestration cuts
that are scheduled to begin in January 2013.
House committees with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid are
included among the committees receiving reconciliation instructions.
The following amendments were
rejected during the House floor debate:
The Senate Budget Committee will
not consider a budget resolution this year.
Instead, Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) has filed a deeming
resolution that sets fiscal year 2013 discretionary spending levels (i.e.,
funding for the annual appropriations bills) at the amounts established by the
Budget Control Act of 2011. A statement
released by Chairman Conrad last week states that the Budget Control Act of
2011 “achieved all of the essential
elements of a traditional budget resolution.”
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