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H.R.3 - Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act

To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974.



You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe a total of approximately $15 billion should be rescinded, or removed from being available, from the budget within the next 10 years. Cutting spending programs is a straightforward approach to trimming the budget.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that while national debt must be kept under control, cutting spending programs is not the the way to do so. These cuts are here to pay for the tax cuts that were just passed not to benefit the American taxpayer.

Watch House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speak in support of the bill


Update 06/27/18: The House has approved the bill with a vote of 210-206. The bill then moved to the Senate's Appropriation and Budget committees. On June 20th 2018, the Senate voted on whether the bill should be discharged out of the committees before being reported on and then be put on the floor for a vote. This discharge petition failed. The bill will now be reported to their committees.

The bill currently sits on the Senate's budget and appropriations committees.

It is now time to contact your Senators regarding the bill.

See how Senators voted for the discharge petition.


The Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act would rescind, or cancel the availability, of approximately $15 billion in budget authority over 2018-2028 from several governmental agencies.

A rescission is legislation enacted by Congress that cancels the availability of previously enacted budget authority, before that authority would otherwise expire. Under current law, the President can propose rescissions to Congress so they may be enacted into law. If enacted, the bill would cancel $15 billion in funds that could be authorized for use within the next 10 years.

Specifically the bill would permanently cancel the availability of the following funds from the following agencies:
- $5,149 million from the Social Security Act, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization programs;
- $1865 million from the Child Enrollment Contingency Fund;
- $800 million from the Social Security program;
- $343 million from Farm Security and Rural Investment Programs, Natural Resources Conservation Services in Agriculture;
- $220 million from the Department of Health and Human Services;
- $150 million from extended unemployment benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act;
- $150 million from the "National Service Trust";
- $148 million from Salaries and Expenses, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services;
- $141.7 million from the "Capital Magnet Fund" from the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008;
- $106 million from the Department of Justice—Legal Activities and Asset Forfeiture Fund;
$53 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund established by the Treasury Forfeiture Fund Act of 1992;
- $53.4 million from the Department of Transportation—Federal Railroad Administration and the Capital Assistance for High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Passenger Rail Service;
- $52 million from "the Millennium Challenge Corporation";
- $50 million from Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations, Natural Resources Conservation Services;
- $46.6 million from the Transit Formula Grants for fiscal years 2005 and prior;
- $45.2 million from the Department of Transportation—Federal Highway Administration—Appalachian Development Highway System;
- $40 million from the Department of Agriculture—Rural Housing Service and Rental Assistance Program;
- $38.8 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development—Public Indian Housing Programs and Public Housing Capital Fund;
- $37 million from the Department of Agriculture—Rural Utilities Service and Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Accounts;
- $36.4 million from the Department of Agriculture Bio-refinery assistance program;
- $30 million from the Department of Commerce—Economic Development Administration and Economic Development Assistance Programs;
- $22.8 million from the Department of the Treasury—Departmental Offices and Community Development Financial Institution Fund Programs;
- $16 million from the Department of Agriculture—Forest Service and Land Acquisition programs;
- $14.7 million from the Department of Agriculture—Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Cooperative Development Grants;
- $13.3 million from the Department of Agriculture—Rural Utilities Service and High Energy Cost Grants;
- $2 million from the Department of Agriculture—Rural Housing Service and Rural Community Facilities Program Accounts;
- Any balance of amounts from the Department of State—Complex Crises Funds;
- Any balance of amounts from the Extension of national emergency grants;
- Any balances of amounts from Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Programs;
- Any balances of amounts from the cost of loan guarantees for renewable energy or efficient end-use energy technologies; and
- Any balances of amounts from Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and cost of direct loans;

Republican lawmakers are referring to the bill as a "spring cleaning." Expressing the budget needs to be trimmed.

“We are approaching the end of spring, but there is still enough time for a good spring cleaning. For families, that may mean doing yardwork or cleaning out a closet – maybe giving unused items to charity. For Congress – it means tackling long-overdue budgetary spring cleaning." said Sponsor of the bill Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R). “President Trump’s spending cut request is a straightforward and smart way to trim a bloated federal budget."

"With the national debt topping $21 trillion and projected deficits exceeding $1 trillion, it is clear that Washington will have to start showing greater spending discipline. While this package does not solve all of the federal government’s spending problems, it does take an important step toward achieving budgetary savings - a goal all lawmakers from both parties should enthusiastically support," said Pete Sepp, President of the National Taxpayers Union. "The presidential rescission request to Congress is pro-taxpayer and commonsense. We encourage all Members of Congress to support its passage."

Democrats are calling out Republicans for passing tax cuts months back and now balancing their budget with program cuts.


"H.R.1 was their tax bill and a giveaway to billionaires. H.R.2 cut food assistance for working families. And now H.R.3 is cutting $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). I guess this reflects the top three Republican priorities," said Rep. Neal (D). "Republicans’ claim that these massive tax cuts will pay for themselves. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Tax cuts don’t pay for themselves, you pay for them. Today their cutting funding for childrens’ health insurance. It begs the question what’s next?"

“Congress needs to make tough decisions to get our national debt under control, but fiscal responsibility should not come at the cost of children’s health care,” said Congresswoman Walorski (D). “I do not support cutting funding for CHIP just months after we passed the longest extension in the history of this vital program. I was also concerned that cutting funding to fight agricultural disease outbreaks would hurt family farmers who depend on these efforts. We must cut wasteful spending and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, but we must do so in ways that do not harm Hoosier families.”


The legislation passed the House on June 6th, 2018 with a roll call vote of 210-206. Look for your House Rep's vote here.


H.R.3

Sponsored by: Rep. McCarthy, Kevin [R-CA-23].

Cosponsored by: 16 Rep / 0 Dem.

See list of cosponsors.


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