President Donald Trump will not release a budget proposal for 2020 next week, as was planned, due to the partial government shutdown that ended last Friday, The Hill reports. An unnamed senior official with the White House Office of Management and Budget told the Hill that many workers in the office were furloughed during the shutdown.
“It should come as no surprise, we won’t be transmitting the president’s budget next week,” the official said. “OMB is working on a revised schedule and will provide additional information when it’s available.”
Although the president is required by law to show a budget proposal to Congress before the first Monday in February, that deadline is not always met, and House Democrats told the Hill that they plan on continuing as normal.
“We’re going to go ahead and begin the process,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.
“If we can, we’re going to try to get an indication from the White House about what their defense number will be, because that’s really critical as a starting point,” he added. “But if not we’ll make an assumption about what it’ll be and proceed.”
Budget resolutions are due in each chamber of Congress in April, and spending in 2020 is expected to remain about the same as it is currently, though President Donald Trump has said he will propose a 5 percent cut on all non-defense spending.
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