US Senators, White House Interested in Lifting Federal Spending Caps

As reported in The Hill, a group of Republican and Democratic senators are seeking to remove budget ceilings on defense and non-defense spending next year.  The budget caps were placed on agencies during sequestration in 2011.

GOP defense hawks have long protested the sequestration budget ceiling for the Pentagon and some are now warming to the idea of dealing with the cap for non-defense domestic programs. In the midst of the Ebola crisis last fall, for example, several Republicans had called for an end to sequestration because the government’s health agencies couldn’t operate properly under the spending limits.

The White House would welcome a budget deal that lifts the caps, according to the article,

President Obama’s budget request for fiscal 2016, which begins in October, asks Congress to eliminate sequestration by raising the defense cap by $38 billion and the non-defense spending cap by $37 billion. . . Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan has said the White House would welcome a deal similar to the one crafted by then-Budget chairmen Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in December 2013. Their agreement relieved sequestration caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

For more information, read the full story here.