The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) still has not set a date to release its budget request to Congress. By law, it is due on Capitol Hill Monday, but administrations occasionally miss that target. This year the 35-day partial government shutdown delayed OMB further.
House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said his committee, which held its first hearing of the year Tuesday, will begin its work soon regardless.
“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 said, according to The Hill. “But if not, we’ll make an assumption about what it’ll be and proceed.”
President Trump’s spending priorities will be clearer next Tuesday evening, when he delivers the State of the Union address.
U.S. Air National Guard file photo of Rep. John Yarmuth by Maj. Dale Greer