House GOP Budget Cuts Programs for the Poor by Two-Fifths by 2026

62% of Cuts Include NDD Programs

House GOP Budget Cuts Programs for the Poor by Two-Fifths by 2026A new paper from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) explains that the House Republican budget, which could come to the House floor in April, would prove especially harmful to low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

The budget would cut programs for poor people by an unprecedented amount while taking a strikingly unbalanced approach to deficit reduction.

It also would be inconsistent with statements of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan that reducing poverty is a top priority.

The House Budget Committee approved the budget on March 16.

It would cut programs for low- and moderate-income people by about $3.7 trillion over the next decade, including:

  • Some $2.9 trillion in health care cuts for low- and moderate-income people;
  • More than $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps);
  • Almost $500 billion in cuts in other entitlements for low-income Americans, including deep cuts in higher education aid; and
  • About $100 billion in cuts to low-income non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs.

In 2026, it would cut such programs overall by 42 percent — causing tens of millions of people to lose health coverage and millions to lose basic food or other support.

CBPP Budget Report

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