GOP Targets Food Aid, Student Debt Relief, and More for Debt Ceiling Deal

The Republican chair of the Home Funds Committee put forth roughly $780 billion in proposed spending cuts.

Republicans on the Home Funds Committee provided a preview Wednesday of the applications they’re trying to minimize or overhaul as a part of any settlement to raise the debt ceiling, a goal record that features meals support for low-income households, local weather justice and electrical car funding, pupil debt reduction, and Reasonably priced Care Act subsidies.

The proposed cuts had been outlined in a press launch issued by Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), the chair of the Home Funds Committee.

In whole, Arrington put forth roughly $780 billion in proposed spending cuts, almost half of which might come from reversing President Joe Biden’s pupil debt cancellation — a plan that’s presently blocked pending a choice from the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

Notably absent from the Home GOP’s define was any point out of the U.S. military budget, which presently represents greater than half of the federal authorities’s discretionary spending and is a hotbed of the type of waste and fraud that Republicans declare to oppose.

At $858 billion, the fiscal yr 2023 navy funds alone is bigger than the $780 billion in cuts Arrington has floated.

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), the highest Democrat on the Home Funds Committee, said in a press release to Bloomberg that the GOP’s proposed spending cuts are a unnecessary assault on the susceptible.

Consultants have repeatedly warned that extra stringent revenue verification and work necessities for Supplemental Diet Help Program (SNAP) recipients, as an illustration, would lead to meals support cuts for a lot of needy households.

“Why is it that every time robust decisions are required, Republicans need working households and youngsters to make the sacrifice?” Boyle requested. “Why not preserve our youngsters fed and households wholesome, and as a substitute work with Democrats to make sure the rich pay their fair proportion in taxes?”

Arrington’s suggestions come because the GOP is dealing with rising backlash over its efforts to make use of the debt ceiling — and the looming chance of a U.S. default — as leverage to pursue steep spending cuts, one thing the social gathering has carried out to disastrous effect previously.

Advocacy teams and analysts had been fast to assail Arrington’s proposals.

The Debt Collective, a company that helps pupil debt cancellation, wrote on Twitter that “it doesn’t ‘price’ $379 billion to cancel $379 billion of pupil debt.”

“It’s pure fiction to suppose that killing cancellation will imply the [Department of Education] will acquire $379 billion,” the group added. “Even the Federal Reserve is aware of there shall be file defaults.”

Krutika Amin, affiliate director of the Kaiser Household Basis, noted that the GOP proposal to cap Reasonably priced Care Act subsidies at 400% of the federal poverty line “would imply middle-income individuals pay extra for protection.”

“A 60-year-old making $55,000 in 2023 pays 8.5% of their revenue on a silver plan,” Amin noticed. “With out subsidies, they might pay over 20% of their revenue on common.”

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