Evaluating Congressional Budget Proposals

Ensuring that They Do More than Avert a Budget Crisis

Evaluating Congressional Budget ProposalsAs Monarch Housing has been reporting, Congress has less than a week left to set funding levels for discretionary programs for fiscal year 2014 or risk a government shutdown.

If they avoid a shutdown, by mid-October they will need to raise the debt ceiling or see the nation default on legally binding financial obligations.

A recent report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), “Averting a Budget Crisis Not Enough: Criteria for Evaluating Fall Budget Proposals,” suggests four criteria to be used to evaluate proposals to resolve the pending budget issues:

  1. Do they strengthen the economic recovery, or do they weaken or slow the recovery?
  2. Do they protect low-income Americans and avoid increasing poverty and hardship?
  3. Do they permit adequate investment in core public services, including building blocks of economic growth such as infrastructure, education, and research, as well as efforts to expand economic opportunity?
  4. Do they reflect a balanced approach, both between budget cuts and revenue increases and between defense and non-defense funding?

As the HUD Budget Call-In Week continues, it is critical that we reach out to our congressional delegation to encourage them to increase HUD funding, including funding for the McKinney-Vento program. A robust HUD budget will protect low-income Americans and avoid increasing poverty and is an important component of a balanced approach.

Click here to read the full report.