May 28, 1999


“The fact of the matter is that Congress is considering a budget that severely underfunds critical programs. The Appropriations Committees are now implementing an untenable budget resolution which is a blueprint for chaos.”

Jacob J. Lew
Director, Office of Management and Budget
May 26, 1999

During the past week, Congress has been deliberating decisions that will affect funding for key programs and determine how the budget will be allocated. In January, President Clinton proposed a plan that would safeguard Social Security and Medicare, reduce the national debt, and invest in programs that are important to American families. The House budget proposal in its present form does nothing to protect the solvency of Social Security and Medicare; calls for using nearly the entire non-Social Security surplus for a tax cut; and slashes funding for critical programs.

House Budget Slashes Key Programs. Assuming across-the-board cuts, the following programs could be affected:

Education and Training

Environment and Health Safety

Crime, Housing, and Other Priorities

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