Republicans in the House have settled on a budget framework, one that at least guarantees they can get out of committee, though passage on the floor is much murkier.
House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (R-GA) and fellow Republicans on the committee have agreed to a draft budget resolution for fiscal year 2017 that would include the $30 billion increase in discretionary spending from the budget deal passed last fall in the waning days of John Boehner’s Speakership.
In order to win the support of conservatives on the budget committee, the budget plan also includes a proposal outlining options to offset the increased discretionary spending with cuts to mandatory spending programs.
While committee Republicans have reached a deal, the plan still needs to be presented to the broader House GOP conference, which means the Budget Committee will hold off on marking up a budget resolution this week (something they had previously planned on doing).
It remains to be seen whether this deal can garner the Republican votes necessary to pass on the House floor, but optimism over its prospects took a hit on Thursday when the leadership of the Republican Study Committee privately decided they will push their colleagues to abandon the 2015 budget deal in favor of steeper cuts.
The decision by the large conservative caucus casts serious doubt on whether the House will be able to pass a 2017 budget.
The Price budget plan would balance the budget in 10 years and includes reconciliation instructions.