Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 1868

Preventing Automatic Spending Cuts to Medicare & Other Programs Triggered by Sequestration

Argument in favor

Congress needs to act to prevent automatic spending cuts to Medicare and other mandatory spending programs from being triggered by sequestration as they have done in a bipartisan manner in the past to protect seniors and those who rely on the programs.

jimK's Opinion
···
03/19/2021
UPDATED 4/12: There was no intent to cause greater recovery problems by cutting promised support to seniors, disabled people and others, many of whom are critically dependent on the support promised them by our government in return for their lifetime donations to these programs. In terms of ‘real’ return on investment by donors to these programs consider a person taxed to the tune of $2.60 to support Social Security in 1970. In terms of real value, that $2.60 could have purchased ten gallons of gasoline. If the Social Security fund were properly managed that initial investment of $2.60 should be worth the value of ten gallons of gas today or somewhere between $35 to $40. Social Security, Medicare and other such programs represent a social contract and a guarantee that was a promised by our government and which many people are critically dependent upon for a minimalist existence. Further cuts in these programs would put many at risk and in need of rescue. UPDATED. The National Recovery Act was desperately needed, was lauded by economists, desperate people in need, the majority of Republican voters and the majority of Democratic voters - but NOT the Republican Senate. They see a highly beneficial and I believe an essentially needed act, as a threat to their 2022 election prospects. They have remained the party of obstruction and unrealistic demands disguised as supposed attempts to ‘compromise’. It was too important an act to play their games of constant delay and obstruction - so they can claim that Democrats could not get anything done as a basis for voting them out on 2022. Of course, they will try to use this bill as an excuse to attempt gutting Social Security and Medicare. This cannot happen. The voting rights act is also very important and will be subject to unending delays and filibuster by Republicans. That and the move by Republican State legislatures to make voting by people who don’t support them more difficult, will make it much more desirable for Democrats to eliminate or radically change the filibuster so it cannot be used as an ultimate weapon by a minority party to discredit the majority for political advantage. … … … The issues being addressed in the Recovery Act, the Voting Protections Act, immigration reform, and infrastructure - all of these are things, everything, all of these problems that have developed have either been ignored by or caused by the Republican Senate. They have not atoned for their sins of causing the economic crisis, the 552,000 unnecessary American Covid deaths to date nor their unwillingness to do their constitutional duty to honestly fulfill their role to hold an out of control tump in check. The Recovery Act would not have been needed at all, the economy would not be teetering at all and the outrageously excessive American Covid deaths would not have occurred if the Republicans had acted for the benefit of our country instead of for their lust for unearned political influence. So why, pray tell, is anyone beyond their radicalized cult willing to listen to anything that they have to say. How have they earned any right to have a voice in our government or any right to submarine the will of the majority? … … … Fix or eliminate the filibuster. Keep it as is and let the trumpublican idiots continue to rewrite history, spread their disinformation, influence elections and block any legislation that may benefit the country more than their party - and give them the gift of being able to claim that the do nothing Democrats could not get anything done. Screw McConnell’s threat to go scorched earth with procedural delays and vote to suspend every delay he attempts. He is only interested in political power, so just take it away. If and when the Republican Party shows some contrition for their egregious abuses, comes up with any new or better solutions or any ability to honestly compromise - just shut them out. The issues are many and the consequences of not resolving them are severe; these things are too important to let them be sacrificed on the alter of the political greed of a Party that has a proven inability to play by the rules and work for the benefit of the country instead of themselves and their party. … … … PattiZ: I am unsure of what planet or alternate dimension from which you sprung, but you seem to be quite confused. The spending which you claim will make us a third world country is supported by the FED, most economists and most of the electorate as needed to protect the economy from requiring much more extensive funding to rebuild. How is it that you can claim otherwise? What is the basis of your statement? What new economic insights do you have? Are there any? How is the Democratic Party trying to stack the 2022 election? A bold proclamation based on what, exactly? It is the Republican state legislatures that have introduced more than 250 bills to limit access to voting, to make it harder for people who can actually think from voting. What more than protecting a core right of every voter to be able to vote is it that the Democrats are doing? And just what is your bullshit claim that the Democrats are trying to gut Medicare and Social Security based on? They are the ones introducing legislation to protect and preserve these trust funds that so many depend upon. They are not the ones that introduced two trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% using budget reconciliation. There was no opportunity for the Democrats to even comment against it. I am sorry that you are so confused. Perhaps, you should spend a little more time looking into facts instead of the Russian disinformation gobbled up and regurgitated by right wing entertainment news outlets. Check the just released National Intelligence Report prepared by the trump administration which was blocked from release while he was in office. FACTS! Try them out. Free yourself from the bubble of right wing ignorance that you seem to be willing to live within.
Like (162)
Follow
Share
larubia's Opinion
···
03/19/2021
Stop robbing Peter to pay Paul! We keep fighting over pots of money that will hurt people that have the least! When times get hard, Peter & Paul squabble, while corporations like Walmart & Amazon & people like the Waltons, Trumps, and Bezoses pocket their billions (if not trillions).
Like (84)
Follow
Share
Dorothy's Opinion
···
03/19/2021
Interesting how this budget becomes a problem when it is not focused on putting money in the pockets of the 1% Their insatiable greed and control is ruining our people and Democracy. We experienced this during the robber Baron period of the 20s and obviously didn’t learn our history lesson. Our Democracy is successful when it benefits ALL the people, the money opportunities are shared and equality benefits all. When integrity, ethics, morals and values are removed from the system it fails and becomes fascism
Like (81)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Spending cuts to programs like Medicare triggered by sequestration are designed to protect taxpayers and future generations of Americans from an overwhelming national debt and should take effect. Congress should allow the cuts to occur.

Keene44's Opinion
···
03/19/2021
Shows how stupid our government is. This is a game to them. They don’t care where the money comes from. It’s Monopoly money to them.
Like (30)
Follow
Share
Carina's Opinion
···
03/19/2021
No! This is a means to force everyone into socialized healthcare!! Read the entire bill. Understand exactly what is meant. We are rapidly heading towards socialism and communism. This is not what the Framers intended for America. We will lose all of our freedoms. Government will control every aspect of our lives. Covid and the lockdowns and if vaccines and vaccine passports are forced we have become a communist country and are under a dictatorship. Americans can not let this happen!! How much freedom have we lost already. If we do nothing we consent to losing a free country.
Like (19)
Follow
Share
PattiZ's Opinion
···
03/19/2021
@Jimk. You are funny and very delusional. The Democratic regime is making us a third world country with their spending insanity. If anyone is stacking the deck for the 2022 election, it’s the Democrats. All of these bills and executive order is making their illegal acts become legalized. So sad that this is what you all have become. Many seniors citizens rely on these programs. Not supporting the citizens of this country who fight every day to make a living, but supporting these outlandish communist ideas is deplorable. Now to pay for their billions of dollar pet projects, they want to cut Medicare and the like? Who are these people? Demonized beings.
Like (17)
Follow
Share

bill Progress


  • EnactedApril 14th, 2021
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 25th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 90 Yea / 2 Nay
  • The house Passed April 13th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 384 Yea / 38 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedMarch 12th, 2021

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!

Bill Activity

  • Floor
    Presented to President.
  • ResolvingDifferences
    On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 384 - 38 (Roll no. 98). (text: CR H1729-1730)
  • ResolvingDifferences
    On motion that the House suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 384 - 38 (Roll no. 98). (text: CR H1729-1730)
  • ResolvingDifferences
    Mr. Yarmuth moved that the House suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment. (consideration: CR H1729-1733)
  • ResolvingDifferences
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • ResolvingDifferences
    On motion that the House suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 384 - 38 (Roll no. 98).
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1868.
  • ResolvingDifferences
    Mr. Yarmuth moved that the House suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment.
  • Floor
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • Floor
    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S1800-1804)
  • Floor
    Passed Senate, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 90 - 2. Record Vote Number: 142. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S1801-1802)
  • Floor
    Passed Senate, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 90 - 2. Record Vote Number: 142.
  • Floor
    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
  • Calendars
    Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 31.
  • Calendars
    Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 246 - 175 (Roll no. 96).
  • Floor
    On motion to recommit Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 202 - 216 (Roll no. 95).
  • Floor
    Mr. Smith (MO) moved to recommit to the Committee on the Budget.
  • Floor
    The previous question was ordered without objection.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1868.
  • Floor
    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1620, H.R. 6, H.R. 1603, H.R. 1868 and H.J. Res. 17. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 1620, H.R. 6, H.R. 1603, H.R. 1868, and H.J.Res. 17. The resolution provides that H.Res. 232 is hereby adopted.
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 233.
  • Floor
    On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 246 - 175 (Roll no. 96). (text: CR H1589-1590)
  • Floor
    Mr. Smith (MO) moved to recommit to the Committee on the Budget. (text: CR H1598-1600)
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 233. (consideration: CR H1589-1601)
  • Floor
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 233 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1620, H.R. 6, H.R. 1603, H.R. 1868 and H.J. Res. 17. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 1620, H.R. 6, H.R. 1603, H.R. 1868, and H.J.Res. 17. The resolution provides that H.Res. 232 is hereby adopted.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

bill Progress


  • EnactedApril 14th, 2021
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 25th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 90 Yea / 2 Nay
  • The house Passed April 13th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 384 Yea / 38 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedMarch 12th, 2021

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!
    UPDATED 4/12: There was no intent to cause greater recovery problems by cutting promised support to seniors, disabled people and others, many of whom are critically dependent on the support promised them by our government in return for their lifetime donations to these programs. In terms of ‘real’ return on investment by donors to these programs consider a person taxed to the tune of $2.60 to support Social Security in 1970. In terms of real value, that $2.60 could have purchased ten gallons of gasoline. If the Social Security fund were properly managed that initial investment of $2.60 should be worth the value of ten gallons of gas today or somewhere between $35 to $40. Social Security, Medicare and other such programs represent a social contract and a guarantee that was a promised by our government and which many people are critically dependent upon for a minimalist existence. Further cuts in these programs would put many at risk and in need of rescue. UPDATED. The National Recovery Act was desperately needed, was lauded by economists, desperate people in need, the majority of Republican voters and the majority of Democratic voters - but NOT the Republican Senate. They see a highly beneficial and I believe an essentially needed act, as a threat to their 2022 election prospects. They have remained the party of obstruction and unrealistic demands disguised as supposed attempts to ‘compromise’. It was too important an act to play their games of constant delay and obstruction - so they can claim that Democrats could not get anything done as a basis for voting them out on 2022. Of course, they will try to use this bill as an excuse to attempt gutting Social Security and Medicare. This cannot happen. The voting rights act is also very important and will be subject to unending delays and filibuster by Republicans. That and the move by Republican State legislatures to make voting by people who don’t support them more difficult, will make it much more desirable for Democrats to eliminate or radically change the filibuster so it cannot be used as an ultimate weapon by a minority party to discredit the majority for political advantage. … … … The issues being addressed in the Recovery Act, the Voting Protections Act, immigration reform, and infrastructure - all of these are things, everything, all of these problems that have developed have either been ignored by or caused by the Republican Senate. They have not atoned for their sins of causing the economic crisis, the 552,000 unnecessary American Covid deaths to date nor their unwillingness to do their constitutional duty to honestly fulfill their role to hold an out of control tump in check. The Recovery Act would not have been needed at all, the economy would not be teetering at all and the outrageously excessive American Covid deaths would not have occurred if the Republicans had acted for the benefit of our country instead of for their lust for unearned political influence. So why, pray tell, is anyone beyond their radicalized cult willing to listen to anything that they have to say. How have they earned any right to have a voice in our government or any right to submarine the will of the majority? … … … Fix or eliminate the filibuster. Keep it as is and let the trumpublican idiots continue to rewrite history, spread their disinformation, influence elections and block any legislation that may benefit the country more than their party - and give them the gift of being able to claim that the do nothing Democrats could not get anything done. Screw McConnell’s threat to go scorched earth with procedural delays and vote to suspend every delay he attempts. He is only interested in political power, so just take it away. If and when the Republican Party shows some contrition for their egregious abuses, comes up with any new or better solutions or any ability to honestly compromise - just shut them out. The issues are many and the consequences of not resolving them are severe; these things are too important to let them be sacrificed on the alter of the political greed of a Party that has a proven inability to play by the rules and work for the benefit of the country instead of themselves and their party. … … … PattiZ: I am unsure of what planet or alternate dimension from which you sprung, but you seem to be quite confused. The spending which you claim will make us a third world country is supported by the FED, most economists and most of the electorate as needed to protect the economy from requiring much more extensive funding to rebuild. How is it that you can claim otherwise? What is the basis of your statement? What new economic insights do you have? Are there any? How is the Democratic Party trying to stack the 2022 election? A bold proclamation based on what, exactly? It is the Republican state legislatures that have introduced more than 250 bills to limit access to voting, to make it harder for people who can actually think from voting. What more than protecting a core right of every voter to be able to vote is it that the Democrats are doing? And just what is your bullshit claim that the Democrats are trying to gut Medicare and Social Security based on? They are the ones introducing legislation to protect and preserve these trust funds that so many depend upon. They are not the ones that introduced two trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% using budget reconciliation. There was no opportunity for the Democrats to even comment against it. I am sorry that you are so confused. Perhaps, you should spend a little more time looking into facts instead of the Russian disinformation gobbled up and regurgitated by right wing entertainment news outlets. Check the just released National Intelligence Report prepared by the trump administration which was blocked from release while he was in office. FACTS! Try them out. Free yourself from the bubble of right wing ignorance that you seem to be willing to live within.
    Like (162)
    Follow
    Share
    Shows how stupid our government is. This is a game to them. They don’t care where the money comes from. It’s Monopoly money to them.
    Like (30)
    Follow
    Share
    Stop robbing Peter to pay Paul! We keep fighting over pots of money that will hurt people that have the least! When times get hard, Peter & Paul squabble, while corporations like Walmart & Amazon & people like the Waltons, Trumps, and Bezoses pocket their billions (if not trillions).
    Like (84)
    Follow
    Share
    Interesting how this budget becomes a problem when it is not focused on putting money in the pockets of the 1% Their insatiable greed and control is ruining our people and Democracy. We experienced this during the robber Baron period of the 20s and obviously didn’t learn our history lesson. Our Democracy is successful when it benefits ALL the people, the money opportunities are shared and equality benefits all. When integrity, ethics, morals and values are removed from the system it fails and becomes fascism
    Like (81)
    Follow
    Share
    I reiterate: Republicans set this bomb to destroy the most loved programs in our government. Who set this bomb??? Let me guess--Republicans who try to sabotage Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and ?unemployment Insurance at every turn???
    Like (28)
    Follow
    Share
    Republicans have no problem with corporate welfare and tax cut to 60 corporations and some wealthy that pay no taxes, but also have no problem kicking people on Medicare and social security to the streets. The intent the Republican have, is to defund programs by tax cut, this way you have zero taxes and no old people or government, just corruption, kickbacks and chaos. Pushing the burden to the local communities and capital expenditures. Welcome to a third world country. The problem with Greece it had deep seated fical problem due to a lack of revenue by the wealthy and corporations systemic tax evasion. This was a social norm. Does this remind you of anyone? They Joining the EURO 2001 and 2008 crash is that killed them. 1929 crash because wealth migration to the top, Wall Street and corporations, spending stop at the bottom and the wealthy 1% at the top had all the money.
    Like (26)
    Follow
    Share
    I don't want cuts to Medicare and other safety net programs, but I do support balancing the budget when possible. However, these are extreme times and our country needs to get the economy back on track and save the people who are starving and homeless. I think once this crisis is over we should try to reduce spending and increase income...and we can start with the massive tax cuts for the wealthy passed in 2017.
    Like (22)
    Follow
    Share
    I loved the reconciliation bill passed earlier in the month. That said, Reconciliation shouldn't be the standard way things like COVID relief were passed. Nor should it have been done for the billionaire giveaway in 2017. However, we are where we are, and poor people least of all should not suffer especially as a part of getting pandemic relief.
    Like (20)
    Follow
    Share
    No! This is a means to force everyone into socialized healthcare!! Read the entire bill. Understand exactly what is meant. We are rapidly heading towards socialism and communism. This is not what the Framers intended for America. We will lose all of our freedoms. Government will control every aspect of our lives. Covid and the lockdowns and if vaccines and vaccine passports are forced we have become a communist country and are under a dictatorship. Americans can not let this happen!! How much freedom have we lost already. If we do nothing we consent to losing a free country.
    Like (19)
    Follow
    Share
    Passed House & Senate. Thank you, Representatives & Senators! Ready for President’s Signature. Edit: The Wheels are moving too slowly on this.
    Like (18)
    Follow
    Share
    @Jimk. You are funny and very delusional. The Democratic regime is making us a third world country with their spending insanity. If anyone is stacking the deck for the 2022 election, it’s the Democrats. All of these bills and executive order is making their illegal acts become legalized. So sad that this is what you all have become. Many seniors citizens rely on these programs. Not supporting the citizens of this country who fight every day to make a living, but supporting these outlandish communist ideas is deplorable. Now to pay for their billions of dollar pet projects, they want to cut Medicare and the like? Who are these people? Demonized beings.
    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
    This is probably the biggest no brainer ever. Of course we absolutely need to protect our elders and our poor and needy. Anything else would be absolutely disgusting.
    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
    How about triggered cuts to the tax cuts for the wealthy and Fossil Fuel industry instead, and raising the effective tax rates on them? This is a better idea than taking funding from the poor and middle-class.
    Like (16)
    Follow
    Share
    No give-with-one-hand-and-take-with-the-other. We need relief on all fronts.
    Like (16)
    Follow
    Share
    This is a seriously inflammatory statement. The law calls for small cuts in programs for a year. That is terrible but how come we didn't hear about this when the previous administration had a 2.2 trillion bailout that 84% went to benefit the top 1%? That aside, these are extraordinary times and call for extraordinary measures. Yes, they need to fully fund all these programs.
    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
    how do we know it wasn't ''triggered'' by republicans who ran up the national debt higher then its ever been, while cutting taxes for the wealthiest 1% ? funny how we always have money for war, bombs, prisons, and tax cuts for corporations, but when the people need help- during a global pandemic- we get excuses.
    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
    Our Medicare monetary fund can not have any automatic withdrawal of any form come out of it. We as a Country should never have borrowed from it (which never was paid back not withstanding the interest promised)..,you can’t keep doing this.
    Like (13)
    Follow
    Share
    Seniors need protected. No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or social security. Place a higher tax on the wealthiest as they can afford it.
    Like (13)
    Follow
    Share
    Another rep. brady ‘Not Voting’🤮🤮🖕🔥. I pay you to work, dipshit!. You haven’t destroyed the country quite yet from the inside, so you still get back to work or QUIT CASHING MY COUNTRY’S CHECK‼️.
    Like (13)
    Follow
    Share
    We have paid into Medicare our entire working lives. Republicans have worked against the poor and the middle class for my entire lifetime. I’m 9 years from retirement. If we had equal pay laws and living wages for everyone, an equitable healthcare system, equality for all Americans, a strong Medicare and social security system, there would be a lot less poverty and homelessness and we wouldn’t be fighting these battles day after day for decades on end. Every politician of my lifetime has campaigned on these issues in every election for 50 plus years! Let’s do something to get them right and do it now! And we have to put a long expiration date on all of it so a Republican can’t come in and undo it all in a future election. Oh, and what JimK said.
    Like (13)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE