The budget resolution approved by the House Budget Committee would cut $887 billion over the next decade from non-defense programs. Although the spending plan adheres to the $1.07 trillion discretionary funding level lawmakers previously agreed to for 2017, it does so at the expense of future discretionary spending.
Overall, this plan would result in an 18.6 percent cut to non-defense programs over a decade. In fiscal year 2018, these programs would lose $44 billion. In the subsequent nine years, funding for non-defense programs would be frozen at $472 billion. By fiscal year (FY) 2026, non-defense spending would be $156 billion below the amount provided for under budget sequestration.
Even though Congress reached a deal in the fall of 2015 regarding top line spending for FY 2017, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are seeking further cuts. Leaders of the group are pushing for $30 billion in additional reductions in FY 2017. This hardline stance forced House Republican leadership to propose deeper cuts in the out years in the budget resolution.