What do those “other budgets” mean for kids?

Federal Budget

In addition to the budgets put forth by President Obama and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, there are five others that have been proposed in the House of Representatives. Voting on these items will take place Thursday, though Chairman Ryan’s proposal is the only resolution expected to pass the House.You’ve already read our detailed analyses of budgets from the President and Chairman Ryan. Now here’s how some of these alternate budget proposals would impact kids:

House Democratic Caucus

  • Includes President Obama’s additional investments in children, including the American Jobs Act legislation for school reconstruction, teacher jobs, and youth job programs.
  • Maintains Medicaid health insurance for children.
  • Fully funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Turns off sequestration without further cutting discretionary funding for kids.

Congressional Progressive Caucus

  • Includes President Obama’s American Jobs Act legislation supporting school reconstruction, teacher jobs, and youth job initiatives.
  • Increases investments in education for things like ESEA, IDEA, Head Start, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
  • Supports healthy children with increased investments in Maternal Health, Community Health Centers, and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages.
  • Supports a robust safety net with increased investments in child nutrition, affordable housing, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Congressional Black Caucus

  • Provides increased investments in children’s health and fully maintains Medicaid health insurance for children.
  • Increases investments in education to help alleviate state and local budget challenges in supporting schools and teachers.
  • Also supports a robust safety net with increased investments in child nutrition, affordable housing, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Bi-partisan Simpson Bowles Alternative from Rep Cooper (D-TN) (& Rep LaTourette (R-OH)

  • Repeals sequestration by asking House committees to identify $300 billion in mandatory savings. These changes could significantly impact initiatives that support kids.
  • Further lowers discretionary spending caps which could cause cuts to investments in kids.
  • Calls for changes to Medicaid that could negatively impact children’s health coverage.

Republican Study Committee

  • Dramatically cuts children’s health programs by block granting Medicaid, cutting the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Shifts sequestration cuts entirely to non-defense funding, meaning kids’ initiatives could see a cut of nearly 18%.
  • Further lowers discretionary funding levels while also increasing defense spending. This means discretionary investments on kids likely would see significant cuts.
  • Caps funding for vital safety net programs.