Giving President-elect Trump “Two Bites” at the Budget Apple
Last week, the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government at the previous year’s levels until Congress can agree on a regular appropriations bill in April. While I don’t usually vote for CRs since they deprive Congress of much of the power of the purse set out in the Constitution, I honored President-elect Trump’s request that Congress give him a chance to weigh in on FY17 spending. I am optimistic the CR we passed until April will allow Congress time to work with President Trump to implement many of the reforms and priorities he ran on, especially defunding, repealing and replacing Obamacare. Another benefit of having the CR end in April will provide us the opportunity to have "two bites" at the budget apple, in April and again in September for the next fiscal year.