WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, voted to protect Medicare and other vital programs like the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), Social Services Block Grant, Crime Victims Fund and the Prevention and Public Health Fund against funding cuts. Congresswoman Bustos chairs the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, which oversees the CCC.
“We made a solemn promise to our seniors that Medicare and Social Security would be there for them to ensure they have access to quality and affordable health care and a safety net for years to come – we must keep that promise and protect these American institutions,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Today’s vote upholds that promise and protects against cuts to other critical farm programs – vital resources for Illinois family farmers and producers across the country. I’ll always work to safeguard these programs and ensure they remain strong into the future.”
The Pay-As-You-Go Act (PAYGO) requires across-the-board cuts, or sequestration, to a defined set of programs if certain legislation affecting mandatory spending or revenues increases net deficits. However, Congress can designate emergency legislation to be excluded from PAYGO requirements. When the American Rescue Plan was recently passed, provisions to prevent sequestration were unable to be included due to the budget reconciliation process. Today’s vote ensures that critical programs cannot be cut due to the passage of this desperately needed relief package to defeat this public health crisis.
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