White House Races to Rewrite Budget as Lawmakers Boost Spending

Published Feb 9, 2018. By Eric Wasson.

President Donald Trump’s next budget is being rewritten at the last minute to make sure it’s not entirely out-of-date even before it hits a single desk in Congress.

The changes are being made in response to a two-year budget deal passed by lawmakers early Friday . . . .

Even with the changes, the White House will struggle to make the president’s fiscal 2019 spending blueprint relevant since it will likely propose major spending cuts that get sidetracked by the distraction of congressional elections less than eight months away.

“Unlike last year, Congress isn’t anxious to get started on a big new initiative such as Obamacare repeal or tax cuts,” said Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition, a non-partisan anti-deficit group. “In fact, there is every reason to believe that Congress won’t even bother doing a budget this year, so what the president has to say about the budget is of less interest.”