What is the future of your favorite federal program?


House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) presides over a markup session where House Republicans are are pressing ahead with a plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Obama. Ryan is flanked by Rep. Chris VanHollen (D-Md.), right, the ranking Democrat. (J. Scott Applewhite/ AP)

You may be surprised to learn that the impact could be much more dramatic than you think, the Center for American Progress said Wednesday in an analysis of the recently passed House budget sponsored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

In its analysis, the liberal think-tank notes that spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for about 45 percent of the federal budget and the growth in spending in the last 25 years. But the Ryan budget, which does not stand a chance of passage in the Senate, makes big cuts to “discretionary spending,” areas of vital service to Americans, CAP argues.

Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government.
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