The chances that Congress will pass the Trump administration’s budget for 2019 are narrow. Congress never touched the 2018 budget that gutted the Environmental Protection Agency and scuttled the National Endowment for the Arts. That budget would have cut funding for transportation by $2.4 billion and slashed programs for housing aid by $6 billion. It never happened.
There’s no appetite for austerity among Republicans right now. Last week, lawmakers instead passed a two-year budget agreement that lifted spending caps put in place during the Obama administration. That bill further raised spending by $300 billion. The next omnibus spending bill is unlikely to meet the president on his domestic offsets for spending hikes on defense and the border.