Skip to comments.Mikulski addresses $4B budget gap with gimmicks
Posted on 05/22/2014 11:13:40 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The Democratic chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee moved aggressively Thursday to use gimmicks to fill in an unexpected $4 billion gap in the budget.
The move by Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., was met with opposition from panel Republicans who said it violated the spirit of last years hard-won budget deal. [ ]
The shortfall means that non-defense programs, on average, face an almost 1 percent cut from current levels. In response, Mikulski shifted about $2 million in foreign aid funding to war accounts exempt from budget caps and also made room for using $2 billion in relatively pain-free cuts to so-called mandatory programs to help finance the budget of the Department of Health and Human Services. She also suggested she may exempt another $1 billion to fight western wildfires from mandatory caps by declaring it off-budget.
Mikulski defended the moves, saying she was using tools employed by her predecessors.
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I'm already hearing the "layoff" words bantered about. This comes in spite of recent proposal "wins". It's no "win" if the customer (government) won't pay you for services rendered. The only recourse is to stop rendering services and cut staff that can't produce revenue from a delinquent customer account.
I might add that I'm in the line of fire...again. No matter that we had nearly $100 million in proposal "wins". Non-payment is cause for stop work.
The Troll can use all the “tools” she wants, but in the end the numbers are going to have to balance out, and when (not if) they don’t, it’ll be bad.