President Joe Biden has rolled out his highly anticipated first budget request, a far-reaching $6 trillion ask with an expensive price tag and vague left-leaning proposals that GOP lawmakers and Congress-watchers say is largely doomed on Capitol Hill.
Historically, presidential budget requests have been overhauled by Congress, the government branch responsible for managing the country’s purse strings, according to Joshua Gotbaum, a Brookings Institution guest economics scholar.
Yet, with the rise of hyperpartisanship, the Carter and Clinton administrations alumnus said it is now commonplace for the opposition party to declare presidential budgets “dead on arrival.” End-of-fiscal-year funding fights often leave the status quo in place for months after that — or longer.
“The politics of all this are complicated because some of both Democrats and Republicans would like for some provisions to be bipartisan,” Gotbaum told the Washington Examiner. “However, it’s not at all clear that