Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The nation’s projected long-term finances have notably improved, largely due to significant reductions in prospective health care cost growth and interest rates.
The Senate Appropriations Committee proposes to cut 2020 funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education by $2.7 billion below the 2019 level in inflation-adjusted terms, even though the President and Congress agreed this summer to increase overall non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding for 2020.
Fewer Americans struggled to make ends meet in 2018, but progress on income growth was felt unevenly across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show. This drives home the need for states to advance policies that create broad prosperity and tear down barriers to economic opportunity.
The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill to fund the departments of Transportation as well as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides enough resources to continue assisting the 5 million low-income seniors, families with children, and others who rely on federal rental assistance to afford a decent, stable place to live.
As the President and Congress turn this fall to finalizing the full-year appropriations bills to fund the government, they should make the changes that they’ve failed to make so far to protect SNAP from possible funding shortfalls.
In addition, if policymakers need to enact another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government when the current CR expires on November 21, they should make the changes necessary to ensure that if a shutdown occurs when the next CR ends, SNAP beneficiaries won’t experience benefit delays — as they did earlier this year.
This summer’s budget deal between President Trump and congressional leaders offers enough total discretionary dollars to give the Social Security Administration (SSA) a much-needed funding boost in 2020, but the Senate majority plans to cut $2.7 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars from the appropriations bill that funds SSA
The IRS didn’t collect billions of unpaid employment taxes due to inadequate funding for a key compliance program, a new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) finds. It shows that deep IRS funding cuts over the last decade have weakened the agency’s ability to perform its core functions: collecting taxes and enforcing tax laws.