Budget Committee Marks Up House Budget Resolution

Hoyer and Lee Warn About Rental Assistance Cuts

Congressman Steny Hoyer On April 2, 2014, the House Budget Committee voted on the House fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget resolution, “The Path to Prosperity,” authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

The budget resolution would cut numerous programs that serve the most vulnerable Americans, and would put in place reforms of some housing assistance programs, such as expanding the Moving to Work program to more public housing agencies.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) sent a letter to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday, requesting that CBO produce a report analyzing the impact Rep. Ryan’s plan would have on poverty.

The letter specifically warns of cuts to rental assistance, and asks the CBO to “look carefully at what Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution would do for those Americans who face hunger and homelessness, especially children, our veterans, and the elderly.”

The Hoyer and Lee letter states:

An analysis of how Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution would affect poverty in our nation would help Congress understand the full impact its severe domestic spending cuts would have on the most vulnerable Americans. Specifically, funding for nondefense discretionary accounts, a category of spending that includes public education, home heating and rental assistance, nutrition assistance, health, and other critical investments, would be dramatically reduced by Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution. The budget resolution would shift Medicare costs onto seniors, restrict funding for a Medicaid program that largely benefits lower income seniors, and repeal the Affordable Care Act’s supports currently allowing low and middle income Americans to get health insurance. These and other policies will undoubtedly impact millions of Americans living in or near poverty today. If possible, the report may include a projection of individual and family incomes that would decrease below the poverty threshold and increase above the poverty threshold as a result of policy changes proposed in Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution.

Click here to read the full letter.

Click here for Ryan’s “The Path to Prosperity Plan.”

Click here to read more about how NJ’s delegation voted on the budget.