Proposals to Limit Discretionary Spending

  Proposal Estimated 10-Year Savings (billions)
President's Budget FY2011-13 cap on non-security discretionary spending at the current $447 billion level $249*
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) FY2011-13 cap on discretionary spending levels passed in FY 2010 Budget Resolution (allows for 1-2% increases per year for both defense and non-defense discretionary spending); 67% vote needed to waive annual caps; allows unlimited emergency spending with 3/5 point of order; exempts spending on military actions N/A
Congressman Frank Kratovil (D-MD) and Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS) Blue Dog proposal to cut non-security spending by 2% for each of the next 3 years $400^

* Estimated 10-year savings from OMB's analysis of the President's Budget (Summary Table S-2).
^ Estimated 10-year savings cited in Congressman Frank Kratovil's press release on March 11, 2010.