The House of Representatives could pass a budget deal as early as today that lays out a plan to fund the federal government, which is currently operating under a continuing resolution set to expire Dec. 11.
The Republican Study Committee has issued a new fiscal 2016 budget proposal that would set spending levels below Budget Control Act-imposed caps to avoid sequestration cuts, but would also defund the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood.
Democratic leaders on the House Budget Committee said the bill, called the Prevent a Government Shutdown Act of 2015, would give a bipartisan, bicameral leadership group until Sept. 25 to approve an agreement to increase the defense and non-defense discretionary caps, known as sequestration, equally for both years.
The Defense Department should document and assess the lessons it learned from deep, sequestration-related budget cuts in fiscal 2013, because those cuts could come back in fiscal 2016, says a May 27 Government Accountability Office report.
The largest federal employee union is calling on the Defense Department to stop a proposal to cut funding for its commissaries, says a March 18 American Federal of Government Employees letter to Congress.
House Republicans released a fiscal 2016 budget plan Tuesday that would slash non-defense spending while boosting funding for the Defense Department war operations. The budget plan doesn't outline the numbers for next fiscal year in detail for each agency like President Obama's budget request. Those numbers are hashed out by House and Senate Appropriations Committee members in their respective subcommittees.
If Congress doesn't repeal sequestration budget cuts for fiscal 2016, the government won't have the resources to do its job effectively, says OMB. Governmentwide budget cuts will force agencies to reduce their discretionary spending by nearly $91 billion, collectively.
Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion fiscal 2016 budget request that includes about $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending and a 1.3 percent pay increase for federal workers, says White House budget documents released Feb. 2.
Obama plans to announce his budget request Feb. 2 and with that will come a $585 billion request for the Defense Department, a Jan. 27 Politico article says. That's a $38 billion increase over the current fiscal year's DoD budget. The request includes $534.3 billion for the base DoD budget and $50.9 billion in overseas contingency operations.
Agencies won't have to deal with sequestration related budget cuts this fiscal year because discretionary appropriations have come in under the budget caps established in the bipartisan budget deal back in 2013, says a Jan. 20 Office of Management and Budget report and letter to Congress.