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House Passes GOP Budget, Senate Set to Vote on Their Budget

March 22, 2013—The House March 21 passed the Republican’s FY 2014 budget, 221 to 207, on a mostly party-line vote; 10 Republicans voted against the plan. The Senate is set to vote on their FY 2014 budget on the evening of March 22, before entering a two-week recess. Should the Senate budget pass, it would be the first budget passed by that chamber in four years.

The House plan seeks to balance the budget within a decade, primarily by saving $4.6 trillion through cuts to spending; reforms to Medicare that would create a Medicare exchange where beneficiaries could purchase private coverage alongside the traditional fee-for-service plan; converting Medicaid to a block grant; and repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148and P.L. 111-152).

Alternative spending bills were put forward, but none garnered enough support for passage, including the Democratic budget, presented by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), with only 165 votes and 28 Democrats voting against the plan.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stated the Senate will vote, before they recess, on their budget blueprint, which passed the Senate Budget Committee on March 14. The Senate budget would achieve $1.85 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years, but would not balance the budget. The Senate plan would achieve savings through equal parts tax increases and spending reductions, with $275 billion in cuts to health care. At press time, the Senate was expected to approve the measure.

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Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559
Email: dbmoore@aamc.org

Len Marquez
Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-862-6281
Email: lmarquez@aamc.org

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