The 2016 budget resolutions that the House and Senate will consider this week each cut more than $3 trillion over ten years (2016-2025) from programs that serve people of limited means — representing 69 percent of their cuts to non-defense spending, as we explain in a new analysis (see chart).
The plans are strikingly imbalanced. While 69 percent of their cuts come from programs for people with low or modest incomes, these programs constitute less than 25 percent of federal program costs. Moreover, spending on these programs is already scheduled to fall as a share of the economy between now and 2025.
Among the programs that the plans would cut:
Our assumptions regarding the size of the low-income cuts are conservative. Where the plan leaves budget cuts unspecified, we assume that all programs in an affected program category would face the same percentage cut, even though some of the programs not targeted only on low- and moderate-income people, such as military retirement programs, would likely be cut significantly less than their equal share, if at all.
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