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.”