Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Trump Proposes Rescissions Package

Drew Thies

President Trump proposed a rarely-used toll to claw-back Congressional spending. The proposal would rescind $15.4 billion in spending from previously approved funds, the largest the White House has ever requested and the first such request in nearly two decades.

The request does not affect Medicare or Medicaid funding, but the majority of the cuts come from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package also includes cuts to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Congress has 45 days to take up and pass the President’s request or else it will terminate. Due to legislative rules, it avoids the Senate filibuster and only needs a simple majority in both chambers to pass.

Democrats are expected to universally oppose the package. Sen. John McCain is absent from Washington, meaning every Senate Republican will need to approve the request for it to pass. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have expressed support for the CHIP program when asked whether or not they support the cuts package.

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