The current temporary spending bill expires this Friday, yet five months remain in the fiscal year. If Congress fails to pass a budget extension, the government will shut down on April 29 (a shutdown actually costs millions of dollars, so it’s not the best way to reign in spending). The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a supplemental budget request for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, which the WH is trying to tack onto a budget extension. This request asks for $30 billion in additional defense spending, a $5 billion “down payment” for construction on a U.S.-Mexico border wall, an additional $1.5 billion for detaining and deporting undocumented persons, and $18 billion worth of unspecified budget cuts. An OMB spreadsheet provided to Congress and subsequently leaked to the press identified a “menu” of suggested budget cuts, including cuts to the Women, Infant, and Children program, AmeriCorps, a reduction in Pell Grants which help low-income youth attend college, and much more.
Trump is pressuring Congress to include these changes with the extension. If you don’t want $1 billion for his wall and $30 billion in new military spending, with cuts to other services, here are some possible actions: