2020 Budget: Another Guns-for-Butter Plan Faces Fierce Resistance

Published Apr 8, 2019. By Paul M. Krawzak and David Lerman.

President Donald Trump’s take-no-hostages approach to the budget — manifest in his opposition to raising spending caps most lawmakers consider too tight — threatens to make the appropriations process even more difficult and drawn out than usual. . . . 

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, believes Trump will have some clout in the spending negotiations.

“If there’s one part of the budget that has a pulse — the rest of it is dead on arrival — it is the discretionary spending proposals,” he says, referring to the proposed cuts. Bixby says Trump is “going to have a lot of leverage with his veto pen, and Republicans backing him up in the Senate.”