The prospects of a fiscal year (FY17) budget resolution are growing dimmer. On the Senate side, any budget resolution that attempts to undo the $30 billion increase in discretionary spending approved in a compromise agreement last fall would require Republicans who are running for re-election to vote for cuts to entitlements.
That budget resolution would also upend the FY17 appropriations process. Senate appropriators are proceeding without a new budget resolution, operating under the assumption that the funding levels approved in the two year sequester relief agreement will hold.
On Monday night, hours before the House Budget Committee unveiled a $3.9 trillion budget for 2017, members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus issued a statement saying they would oppose the plan because it adheres to an agreement reached last fall between Congressional Republican leaders and President Obama that includes modest increases in federal spending.
If the Freedom Caucus stays united, Republican leadership probably will not have enough votes to pass the budget.