House leaders are scheduled today to unveil a fiscal 2017 budget resolution that retains the higher discretionary spending levels afforded by last October’s two-year budget deal.
To offset the $30 billion in additional discretionary spending passed by Congress last year, the House GOP will look for savings from mandatory spending programs over the next two years. Those cuts, needed to secure the support of the House Republican conference’s conservative members, most likely would be advanced through separate legislation. The budget blueprint would require the House to enact a total of $100 billion in cuts over 10 years, reported CQ Roll Call.
Thursday’s meeting of the conference will help party leaders determine if they have sufficient support to pass a budget on the floor.
It is not entirely clear how the draft budget resolution will deal with the contentious issue of DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account. The GOP framework is expected to recommend $59 billion in spending for the war account, matching last year’s budget deal. But the resolution would clarify that the figure is a floor, as defense hawks have insisted, and that more funding could be added to the OCO account in the defense spending bill, according to the story.
The budget resolution allows for $551 billion in national security spending in FY 2017, the same as called for in the October budget agreement.