On October 16, President Obama signed a measure (HR 2775) to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The measure funds the government through January 15 at the FY2013 post-sequestration spending level, suspends the debt limit until February 7, provides back pay for furloughed workers, and requires income verification for people seeking premium subsidies to help buy health insurance. Both chambers also must reconcile their budget resolutions (S Con Res 8, H Con Res 25) for FY2014 by December 13.
House Republican leadership appointed Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom Price (R-GA), and Diane Black (R-TN) to serve on the conference committee. House Democrats named Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Nita Lowey (D-NY) to serve. All members of the Senate Budget Committee will also participate in the budget conference.
House and Senate FY 2014 Budgets
In March, each chamber passed its own FY2014 budget resolution. The House budget resolution, which converts SNAP into a block grant program and drastically cuts program spending, passed on a near party line vote (221-207). Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray’s budget proposal passed by a vote of 50-49, and generally protects SNAP and other safety net programs from cuts. Since the budget resolutions are drastically different, it is unlikely both chambers will come to agreement on a joint budget resolution.
House Budget Resources:
Senate Budget Resources:
President’s FY 2014 Budget
On April 10, President Obama released his FY2014 budget. The budget protects and proposes to further strengthen federal nutrition programs. He proposes to restore a cut to monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits made in 2010 and scheduled to take place this November.
Resources for the President’s Budget