Senate Democrats: Boost domestic spending, not just defence

Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Thornberry unveiled legislation June 26 that will seek $705 billion in military spending for the next

Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Thornberry unveiled legislation June 26 that will seek $705 billion in military spending for the next

Chairwoman Black "is 100 percent committed to getting a budget done". "The appropriations process is moving right along, so it certainly hasn't slowed us down". "I do see a viable path".

Black said she was confident a House budget would eventually be passed out of committee, saying she was working to finalize a deal that had support of both the panel members and the broader Republican conference.

While negotiations continue around mandatory savings cuts, leadership announced during a GOP conference meeting Tuesday morning that there is agreement on topline spending numbers of $621.5 billion for defense (with an extra $10 billion added to the Overseas Contingency Operations war-time fund to appease defense hawks) and $511 billion for nondefense discretionary spending; appropriators are beginning to mark up bills to those toplines. "We are going to bring a budget out of our committee and then whatever happens to it next will be up to the conference".

The House Budget Committee canceled plans to send a budget resolution for fiscal 2018 to the floor this week, lawmakers said on Tuesday, as conservative Republicans pushed to add hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the spending blueprint that would take effect October 1.

"If tax reform is the goal, dealing with entitlement changes simultaneously, I believe, makes the tax reform effort much harder, not easier", Dent said.

Black said she did not have a date for when the budget will be released but she remains "adamant" that House Republicans will get to one, noting they are "very close".

The House Freedom Caucus is threatening to withhold its support from the budget resolution unless deeper cuts are made to mandatory spending, largely in welfare programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

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Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they are drafting legislation that would be introduced on the last night of session if attempts to agree on a budget are unsuccessful. One emerging number is $200 billion, up from a previous $150 billion.

"The chairmen who don't want to give savings on mandatories to pay for the defense buildup, that's the issue", Brat said.

The delay came a day after leaders of the House Freedom Caucus said they wanted a higher deficit reduction total for House committees to meet under their reconciliation instructions.

Freedom Caucus leaders said June 27 they want assurances that Ryan's preferred way to offset much of the costs of a tax overhaul-a border adjustment tax-is off the table. "It was never agreed to", said Rep. Mark Meadow, R-N.C., the chairman of the strongly conservative House Freedom Caucus.

"We're continuing to negotiate, trying to negotiate in good faith and not wanting to draw a line in the sand without seeing real numbers in terms of the mandatory spending", the North Carolina Republican said.

"There's a few people resisting just 10 billion", he said. The budget doesn't identify the specific cuts, but rather would ask various committees to reach the target deficit reduction numbers.

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