Congress has religiously missed its deadline for passing a budget and related spending bills for eight consecutive years. And from the looks of a looming fiscal train wreck this fall, congressional leaders, and President Trump will have little choice but to adopt yet another short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown beginning Oct. 1.
Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, an anti-deficit group, said, “If I had to guess, I’d say the House will pass bills at a level the Senate won’t accept, and that will give us our shutdown and then our CR. I guess I would kind of look for some kind of budget deal in the fall – maybe October – that would involve the CR, a debt limit increase and maybe they do a budget resolution with reconciliation,” he said.
Bixby said that House and Senate Republicans would have no choice but to eventually approve a budget resolution for the coming year if they hope to use it as the vehicle to pass major tax cuts this year under reconciliation rules. That same tactic was used by the Republicans in trying to pass an overhaul of Obamacare without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.