House Freedom Caucus Calls Spending Caps Too High

Undermines 2015 Budget Deal

Paul RyanDespite promises and pleas for “regular order” in the annual budget process by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Republicans’ most conservative wing, the House Freedom Caucus, is complaining that the spending caps agreed to in late fall 2015 are too generous and need to be trimmed.

The only NJ member of the House Freedom Caucus is Congressman Scott Garrett.

They are calling for an FY17 budget resolution that sets maximum spending at a lower level than that set in the “Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015.” Under the BBA, the topline spending limits for non-defense discretionary spending for FY17 are equal to the caps for FY16.

The budget resolution itself is not must-pass legislation, but the BBA’s spending limits do need to be passed in the House in a budget resolution or other vehicle to provide enforceable spending limits for appropriations legislation.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) has indicated that his committee will proceed with developing its 12 appropriations bills based on the BBA caps if there is no House budget resolution.

Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-WY) has said he expects his committee to pass a budget resolution that respects the BBA caps. It remains to be seen if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will allow an FY17 budget resolution to come to the full Senate for a vote.

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