House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Republican-led House passed a Fiscal Year 2016 budget plan Wednesday that counts federal employees and their benefits among its many targets.

Passed on a party-line vote of 228-199, the House budget plan aims to balance the budget within 10 years by making cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, welfare and funding for non-Defense agencies. The proposal also repeals the Affordable Care Act.

The 265-page House Budget Committee report that accompanies the bill offers suggestions for specific cuts, although it will be up to the committees with jurisdiction over the issues to take them or leave them.

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