The fact that an overall budget blueprint for 2015 was agreed upon by the House and Senate in December as part of the 2014 budget process has not stopped the House from approving an alternative FY 2015 budget resolution by a vote of 219-205. Written by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the budget blueprint, referred to as the Path to Prosperity, adheres to the $1.041 trillion discretionary spending limit for FY 2015 and the split between the defense and non-defense spending caps negotiated last December. However, it includes severe cuts to non-defense discretionary programs in order to increase defense spending for FY 2016 and beyond.
During a hearing in the House Budget committee, Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) stated that the budget resolution “makes historically reckless cuts in areas that help power our economy – education, scientific research, innovation, advanced manufacturing, and diverse energy sources.”
The Senate, led by Democrats, does not plan to consider the House’s Budget Resolution but the vote demonstrates the House’s ongoing commitment to continue to cut spending on discretionary programs, which includes spending on research.
Both the House and Senate are out of session. Members will return to Washington the week of April 28th and will resume consideration of FY 2015 Appropriation bills at that time.