Budget Battle – Capitol Hill
April 19, 2017
By Mark Riso, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
When the new Administration submitted its budget, it was the mark of a budget battle on Capitol Hill, the likes of which have not been seen in recent memory.
The federal budget cuts - cuts to federal agencies - that were offered and are being considered, reflect a movement to reorganize the federal government (agencies), not merely downsize them.
Congress must pass (and the President must sign) a new budget by midnight April 28. If not, we face a government shutdown.
Though no one really believes that anyone on Capitol Hill has an appetite to shut down the federal government (again), the issues become very obvious.
Congress has three options:
- Pass a comprehensive budget (Omnibus) on its own.
- Pass a Continuing Resolution (to keep the government running at current spending levels for a period of time).
- Pass the Administration’s budget.
Congress has been in recess for the past two weeks but will be in most of next week. Look for a Riso Report next week to give you up-to-date information on the budget battle on Capitol Hill.