What Is In The New Budget Bill May Surprise You

What Is In The New Budget Bill May Surprise You

The Washington Post reports that the new budget bill is out, and “The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as ‘riders,’ that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.” The Affordable Care Act “is still funded, but there’s no new money for it. There’s also no new ACA-related funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the two agencies most responsible for implementing the law. The bill also would cut the budget of the Independent Payment Advisory Board — what Republicans have called ‘the death panel’ — by $10 million.”

On immigration, The Washington Post indicates, “The bill only funds the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees most immigration policy, until February. But negotiators gave new money for immigration programs at other federal agencies. There’s $948 million for the Department of Health and Human Service’s unaccompanied children program — an $80 million increase. The program provides health and education services to the young migrants. The department also gets $14 million to help school districts absorbing new immigrant students. And the State Department would get $260 million to assist Central American countries from where of the immigrant children are coming.”

Clearly, the new budget bill addresses two hot topics – health care and immigration. What remains unclear is how this trillion-dollar plus spending budget helps to create jobs and reduce spending – two of the most incendiary topics. And one can only wonder if the provisions and all the riders will induce behavior that is naughty or nice. Well, hold on tightly as we once again navigate the treacherous path of mammoth government spending, possibly adding insult to injury as the nation’s debt level continues to advance somewhere past the North Pole.


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