Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

13th and 14th Plans Added to Super Committee Tracker

Oct 12, 2011 | Health Care| Other Spending

Two more recent recommendations have been added to our Super Committee submissions tracker, dealing with defense and health care.

The first comes from a group of 65 House Democrats, who recommend reducing the U.S.'s nuclear weapons budget by $200 billion over ten years. It is not exactly clear how they would reduce spending in this area, but they point out that since the START treaty signed in December would reduce the nuclear arsenal, the nuclear budget should be reduced as well. Also, they mention some arsenal reductions, so it is likely that they would go further in reducing the U.S.'s stock of nuclear weapons. This option is about twice as aggressive as the Sustainable Defense Task Force's cuts to the nuclear arsenal, but it is unclear whether this policy would be a way to help stay within the discretionary caps put in place by the Budget Control Act (BCA) or to be enacted on top of BCA savings.

The second comes from a group of 99 medical organizations (headlined by the American Medical Association) who call for significant medical malpractice reforms. In particular, they call for a limit on noneconomic damages of $250,000 and other liability protections that would make the burden of proof of liability higher. They claim that this form of tort reform would save $62 billion over ten years, making it more aggressive than the reform contained in the Fiscal Commission and similar to the Domenici-Rivlin proposal.

The addition of these two recommendations brings the total in our Super Committee tracker to 14.

Committee/Organization/Individual Date Ten-Year Savings
Center for American Progress (CRFB Overview) 9/6 $1.5 trillion

Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia (Minority) (CRFB Overview)

9/15 $1.4 trillion

U.S. PIRG/National Taxpayers Union (CRFB Overview)

9/15 $1 trillion
Third Way (CRFB Overview) 9/15 $1.7 trillion
Taxpayers for Common Sense (CRFB Overview) 9/16 $1.7 trillion

President Obama (CRFB Overview)

9/19 $1.9 trillion
Sens. McCain, Carper, Coats, and Udall 9/20 N/A
Sen. Coburn  9/21 $300 billion
Rep. Coffman (CRFB Overview) 9/23 $103 billion
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CRFB Overview)    9/27 $200 billion

Sens. Coburn and Lieberman (CRFB Overview)

9/28 >$500 billion
99 Medical Assocations (CRFB Overview) 10/3 $62 billion

78 House Democrats (Medicare) (CRFB Overview)

10/5 $156 billion
65 House Democrats (Nuclear Arsenal) (CRFB Overview)  10/11 $200 billion