April 27, 2017

Concerns Reported Over Fiscal 2017 Spending Legislation

Experts believe assembling and passing the final Fiscal 2017 spending package is complex but doable, an April 12 story in Market News International reported.

The story, by John Shaw, says that only one of the twelve 2017 spending bills has been signed into law, while the rest are likely to be combined into an omnibus spending package.

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, believes it is likely that a spending package will be agreed upon soon. "This should not be a big deal,” he said. “I don't see any groundswell for a shutdown. If a shutdown occurs, the debate will be whether the blame should fall to President Trump or the Republican majority in Congress. Needless to say, Republicans don't want to have that debate."

Where Bixby saw a potential challenge was the Fiscal 2018 budget and the debt ceiling. "Republicans are going to have problems successfully doing the basics of governing this year, like passing spending bills and increasing the debt ceiling, let alone the really complicated things like health care and tax reform," he said.