Official Statement on House FY 2018 Budget Resolution

On July 19, the House Budget Committee “marked up” its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Resolution. While this markup is just the first step in the budget process, it is already clear that the House intends to make dangerous cuts and structural changes to programs such as SNAP, child nutrition programs, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, TANF, low income tax credits, college financial aid, and other supports to low and moderate income families. Among the harsh cuts proposed to essential anti-hunger programs are:

  • Instructions to the House Agriculture Committee to make $10 billion in cuts over 10 years to programs in its jurisdiction — a reduction clearly aimed at SNAP, given the language in the Budget Committee’s explanatory documents.
  • Another $150 billion in SNAP cuts over 10 years through block grant-type structural changes in the latter years of the 10-year budget window.
  • A $1.6 billion cut over 10 years in the Community Eligibility Provision for school lunch and breakfast in high-poverty schools, targeting an estimated 25 schools currently participating schools in Utah with over 8,000 students.

In addition, the Budget calls for tax cuts, mostly skewed for corporations and the most wealthy.

The House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution is an all-out assault on struggling families, in Utah and across the country. Cuts to the program would make hunger in Utah far worse, and jeopardize the health and well-being of more than 206,000 Utahns, most of whom are children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

We urge everyone to:

Contact your Congressperson in the House of Representatives and express your opposition to the House Budget Resolution.

  • Rep. Rob Bishop (1st district): 202-225-0453
  • Rep. Chris Stewart (2nd district): 202-225-9730
  • Rep. Mia Love (4th district): 202-225-3011

Contact Utah’s Senators and ask them to express opposition to these harmful cuts in the House budget and work to ensure that the Senate Budget Resolution does not harm programs that protect low and moderate income Utahns.

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch: 202-224-5251
  • Sen. Mike Lee: 202-224-5444
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