House Budget Resolution Big on Impact, Small on Details
On April 5, 2011, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his proposed budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2012. The House Budget Committee approved the measure on April 6. The budget resolution would set the level of total non-security discretionary spending for next year at $102 billion less than the president’s request, $58 billion less than the annualized spending levels for FY 2011 contained in a stopgap funding measure that expires April 8, and $72 billion below appropriations in FY 2010. While scarce on details, the resolution outlines significant changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs.
At the request of the House Budget Committee chairman, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) conducted a long-term analysis of key proposals included in the budget resolution. However, the analysis is not based on legislation language or the proposed budget resolution, but rather on the major provisions of the proposal as described by the chairman’s staff.