Robert Bixby, a federal budget expert at the nonpartisan Concord Coalition in Washington, said making all that work together would make for a hectic month. In fact, he said, it makes for a very intense 18 months, the amount of time it is thought that a full federal budget takes to compile.
“Their first matter of business has to be to determine their goals,” he said. “They have to get on the same page, and what we know about their views of budgeting: They aren’t. My guess is the first casualty of this process will be the notion of building towards a balanced budget.”