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CBO: FY 2015 Defense, Nondefense Appropriations Below Sequestration Caps

BudgetThe Congressional Budget Office has said further sequestration may not be required since appropriations for defense and nondefense initiatives for fiscal year 2015 do not go beyond the caps on discretionary budget authority.

CBO said in an August report that fiscal year 2015 appropriations for defense programs based on Office of Management and Budget estimates are equivalent to the $585.5-billion adjusted caps for 2015.

OMB’s estimated nondefense budget of $511.5 billion for fiscal 2015 is $3.4 billion below the CBO’s adjusted cap of $514.9 billion, according to the report.

Overseas contingency operations, disaster relief, emergency requirements, Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Medicaid program integrity programs for both defense and nondefense programs are among the adjustments to the cap and reach a total of $87.1 billion.

CBO said caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 for both defense and nondefense programs will grow from $1.11 trillion in fiscal 2016 to $1.23 trillion in fiscal 2021.

The agency also noted that automatic procedures will lower caps for the defense and nondiscretionary appropriations by $90 billion for fiscal 2016 and $89 billion for fiscal 2021.

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