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Senate Budget Chair Outlines Challenges

February 1, 2013—In a Jan. 24 memo to her Democratic colleagues, new Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) outlined the current budget situation in anticipation of commencing work on an FY 2014 budget resolution.  Chairman Murray notes the “bipartisan work we’ve already done over the past two years to reduce our deficit and debt by at least $2.4 trillion” and emphasizes “the vast majority of savings we’ve already agreed to and passed into law have come from spending cuts.”

The memo also provides updated estimates for the impact of the pending March 1 sequestration, as modified by the recently enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-240).  The Senate Budget Committee now estimates that nondefense discretionary spending for programs such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be cut by 5.1 percent and nondefense mandatory spending other than Medicare and Medicaid will be cut by 5.3 percent.  Cuts to Medicare providers will continue to be capped at 2 percent, and Medicaid is exempt from sequestration.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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