House Republicans have unveiled a 2019 budget proposal, and it sends the message that they still are prioritizing repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and privatizing Medicare.
The proposal claims to balance the budget in nine years, by 2027, through $8 trillion in spending cuts. The measure would keep the 2019 non-defense and defense discretionary spending levels, but also calls for defense spending increases and cuts to domestic discretionary spending in later years. Of note, the budget proposal calls for a private Medicare "premium support" system to compete with traditional Medicare, along with cuts, through eligibility and additional work requirements, for Medicaid, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families prog, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget resolution before the November congressional election. However, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to push through priorities important to Republicans, such as those in the House budget resolution proposal.
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