Unlike in Past, a Divided Government Won't Be Good for the Budget, Experts Say

Published Oct 28, 2018. By David Shirfinski.

From the budget deals in the 1990s to the “sequester” spending caps passed in 2011, divided government has been relatively good for Washington’s bottom line.

That’s unlikely to be the case next year. With deficits again soaring, neither Republicans nor Democrats have made a convincing case during this year’s campaign for how they’ll get the budget back on track.

“If anyone’s going to make a push on this, they’re keeping it awfully quiet,” said Robert Bixby, who heads The Concord Coalition, a fiscal watchdog group.