Hill Fight Brewing Over $15 Billion 'Rescissions' Request from White House

The Trump Administration reportedly has plans to send to Congress a $15 billion “rescissions” request, which the administration outlined on Monday, according to Jennifer Shutt and Lindsey McPherson at Roll Call.

The largest component of the request is also likely to be among the most controversial, with $7 billion of the savings coming from cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including “$2 billion from a contingency fund for states that the White House doesn’t expect any states to draw from.”

Though CHIP funds are frequently rescinded, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expressed hesitation to support the measure, saying, “These Republican rescissions show the hypocrisy of a GOP Congress that insists on tight budgets for children and families while handing enormous, unpaid-for giveaways to corporations and the wealthiest.”

Republican Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), who chairs the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, suggested the cuts were reasonable, saying, “It looks like most of it is stuff ... that I don’t know why a Democrat would want to leave money in the CHIP program that we cannot spend, because the authorization’s run out. Again, if it’s things like that, that’s just sort of cleaning up the garden a little bit.”

According to Roll Call, other cuts proposed in the package include:

  • $800 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation program.
  • $252 million in funding designated for the 2015 Ebola outbreak.
  • $133 million from an unemployment insurance extended benefits program for railroad workers.
  • $148 million from Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service funding for outbreaks that have already been resolved.
  • $15 million from rural cooperative development grants, designed to help businesses market their products in rural areas.
  • $107 million from funding that was for watershed rehabilitation programs following Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said the fate of this package would be emblematic of whether other rescission requests would be possible.

“If this one doesn’t get through I think it does kill any future rescission packages until we have midterm elections,” Meadows said.




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