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  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Appropriations
      Senate Committee on the Budget
  • The house Passed June 8th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 210 Yea / 206 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 9th, 2018

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What is it?

This bill — the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act — would rescind about $14.7 billion in unused budget authority from previous fiscal years. “Unused budget authority” means that the funds are sitting idle in agency accounts and are unable to be legally spent without a new authorization from Congress or will go unused because a program is dormant (which is why such funds are often used as offsets for new spending). A breakdown of the larger rescissions in this bill can be found below.

This bill would rescind:

  • $5.1 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Fund that was allocated in 2015 but has gone unused as the ability to transfer the funds to states expired on September 30, 2017. As a result, the CBO estimates this will have no impact on CHIP enrollment.

  • $4.3 billion from the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program. This would effectively eliminate the program, which has only produced five loans since its creation in 2007.

  • $1.9 billion from the Child Enrollment Contingency Fund, of which there was $2.4 billion available on March 23, 2018 as no states are expected to need a contingency fund payment in 2018.

  • $800 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation account that’s leftover from previous authorizations and in excess of what’s needed for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

  • $499 million from the Dept. of Agriculture's Farm Security and Rural Investment Programs account, which had a balance of $1.5 billion on October 1, 2017. This rescission would include $356 million in balances for programs that weren't extended in 2014, and $144 million in balances from FY2014 through FY2017.

  • $220 million from the Dept. of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Nonrecurring Expenses Fund, which had $510 million available on October 1, 2017.

  • $160 million from the DOE’s Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program which would eliminate the program, as it has only made three loan guarantees related to a single project since its inception.

  • $141 million from the Treasury Dept.’s Capital Magnet Fund which provides funding to housing nonprofits and Community Development Financial Institutions to finance affordable housing projects, which is inconsistent with the administration’s policies.

  • $132 million from the Railroad Retirement Board’s Railroad Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits Payments account as the program expired at the end of 2012 and the remaining funds are no longer needed.

  • $106 million from the Dept. of Justice’s (DOJ) Assets Forfeiture Fund, which totaled $1.3 billion on October 1, 2017 which aren’t needed to carry out the program in FY2018.

Impact

Relevant federal agencies; taxpayers; and the federal deficit.

Cost

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would reduce budget authority by about $14.7 billion and spending by about $1.1 billion over the 2018-2028 period. Further, it estimates that the rescission of funds from a CHIP account would have no effect on the number of individuals with insurance coverage.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released the following statement on the introduction of this bill to rescind unused budget authority from prior fiscal years:

“President Trump has submitted to Congress a package of spending cuts to expired or unnecessary programs and Congress is prepared to act on those rescissions. Returning this money to the treasury is the type of budgetary spring-cleaning that ensures our government practices prudence with hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Through the Impoundment Act, Congress will once again use a creative tool to address the challenges facing our country and put our fiscal and economic footing on more solid ground.”

House Democrats have expressed opposition to this bill, with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) urging them to vote against it:

“While Republicans assert that none of these funds will ever be needed, they’ve already had to admit this is false. The original rescissions package cut funding to combat ebola that the Administration claimed was not needed -- just before a new ebola outbreak began in Africa that caused the Administration to drop that provision from the package. It is essential that this irresponsible package be rejected.”

This legislation has the support of 13 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans. The White House expressed support for the bill in a statement of administration policy.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: mj0007 / iStock)

AKA

Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act

Official Title

To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974.

    It would only take $20 billion to end homelessness in America and $30 billion to end world hunger - there’s two great uses for this money.
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    If we're going to cut, cut military spending and aid to Israel
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    What a joke. The GOP stole $1.5T from you and me to give a $5T wet kiss to corporations and billionaires and now they are suddenly worried about fiscal responsibility? And it’s just purely a coincidence that most of the programs they want to purge are for lower and middle income people. It’s time for these corporate cronies to go. Remember in November.
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    I don’t trust this particular Congress to use money for the best. If you read the details part of this money is for the CHIPS program- healthcare for children. I’d feel better if the Congress would reinstate the funds to the States
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    This is a no brainer. Take the money that is unused, properly adjust the department’s fiscal needs to accurately address the idle money, and use this for debt relief. Start paying this outrageous debt we have and win back our fiscal sovereignty.
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    The VA Bill passed yesterday wasn’t funded. Sure could use some of this money
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    They should use it to help repay the money they STOLE from Social Security and the US Postal Service !
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    Mr McCarthy, FULLY FUND CHIP. Congress refuses to do Anything but be fearful of the Commander on Cheese and re-election in #Vote2018. Mitch McConnell won’t let allocation bills go to the floor! This impotent congressional body is a disgrace. Can anybody in DC tell the truth ... do they remember they work for US.
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    Tell congress to only use the money for the projects it was approved for
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    Makes sense. Oh wait, nobody in D.C. has any sense.
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    Put the money in Social Security, which the Government has been stealing from for decades. And close all useless, wasteful programs, whether the budget is being used or not, to pay back Social Security. Then maybe you could stop terrorizing seniors with your constant threats to decimate the program (like you’re already planning to do in FY19). If you think the tent cities are bad in California, wait to see what you are about to create!
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    I just gotta ask Dale, the person with the leading comment against this, why do you hate Israel? This nation is the victim of the single longest, worst, and most widespread racism the world has ever seen. All they want is peace but the muslim nations surrounding them can not accept Israel as a nation.
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    Absolutely! Reallocate it to the border wall or use it to other places such as infrastructure projects etc...
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    Some of these budget “excess” only exists because they killed important components to undermine the program (CHIP) or because IQ45 hates poor people (Housing assistance), or some other “not-actually-real” reason. So no. To end this problem it would be better to let funds roll over to the next fiscal year. That way departments aren’t incentivize to spent money on bad programs because they fear budget cuts.
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    Use the money to overhaul Flint’s water system
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    It makes great sense to take funding programed for, but not used, and put into use in places where needed rather then squandered away just sitting unused.
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    Because the reward for working under budget shouldn't be a smaller budget. That's how you get increasingly bloated departmental budgets. Reauthorize their spending.
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    i’m NOT happy you are cutting money from CHIP from children to give to corporations. that is appalling and criminal as far as i am concerned. at this point it is good you are retiring Poe. i lost all respect for you.
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    If you read this bill sponsored by Kevin McCarthy-R it takes money away from children’s health insurance, energy efficient vehicle research, children’s enrollment contingency fund, Medicare and Medicaid innovation fund, the Capital Management Fund which provides funding for low income housing, and a laundry list of other very needed & essential programs. Can only imagine that Kevin McCarthy wants to use the funds to finance the dismantling of some other essential departments or services.
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    Well this is bs. You just don’t have that kind of money sitting there. Bet they took it from another program. Maybe healthcare. Who knows, their slimy republicans working for Koch’s, Mercer’s and Adelson. Our money going for the large tax cuts. Trumps buddy, Mercer owes 5 billion in taxes. Collect it (add on). It came from healthcare. i.e. US News
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