The authors argue the unfairness of targeting the cuts in the House Appropriations fiscal year 2015 funding to programs that serve low-income households.
“The House Appropriations Committee recently adopted its fiscal year 2015 funding allocations for its 12 subcommittees. The allocations are consistent with the defense and non-defense discretionary funding caps set in last year’s agreement between Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan.
Despite that agreement’s partial relief from the sequestration budget cuts, the overall funding level is much tighter than many observers appreciate. Further, the House allocations to meet the tight non-defense cap reflect skewed policy choices, likely imposing deeper cuts on programs serving low-income populations and certain other priority programs than on other areas. These choices are particularly inappropriate in a period of rising inequality.”