You hear a lot about budgets right now, such as, “The President wants to slash this and bump up that.” Beyond the hyperbole, what is really going on? Since 1974, each year Congress is supposed to pass a budget resolution (they don’t always do this), which tells the Appropriations Committee how much money they can spend in each bucket of spending. The President proposes a budget – this is a suggestion to Congress and signals the President’s priorities. The President does not sign the Congressional Budget Resolution, but he does sign (or veto) the appropriations bills.
For this upcoming fiscal year (2018), President Trump has only submitted a budget outline. A full budget is expected in May – which is typical the first year of a Presidential administration. In the end, the Congressional Budget Resolution establishes what are called 302(b) allocations – the total amount for each appropriations bill. Our priorities are in the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. There are 12 other bills.
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