The U.S. House will vote on two federal budget bills this week that will attempt to block the Department of Defense cuts laid out in last year's agreement between President Barack Obama and Congress to reduce the deficit.
The Republican-led House is looking to prevent the impending Defense cuts by slashing social service programs like food stamps and Medicaid. The budget may pass the GOP-led House, but it can't clear the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate. Nonetheless, the budget provides a substantive look at Republican Party priorities in an election year. The proposed cuts, for example, would push 1.8 million people off food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and cut off 280,000 low-income children from subsidized school lunches.
Republicans want these cuts so they can reduce the deficit without curbing military spending. Obama administration Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is also against military cuts, but Democrats want to prevent defense cuts through tax increases.