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By Erlinda Doherty

President Donald Trump submitted his $4.8 trillion budget request for funding federal government operations last week, initiating the fiscal year 2021 appropriations process.

Officials from the Office of Management and Budget delivered President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year to the House Budget Committee on Monday.Credit..Samuel Corum for The New York TimesWhile considered “aspirational,” his plan outlines the administration’s funding priorities for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and provides the context in which congressional appropriations activity will take place.

House and Senate leadership have expressed opposition to the president’s plan, which increases deficit spending to almost $1 trillion, as it breaches the agency spending caps enacted last summer in the Bipartisan Budget Act.

While lawmakers expressed some optimism late last year that FY 2021 spending bills could get passed before elections in November 2020, a more recent reaction to the president’s proposal indicates this year’s appropriations process may be protracted yet again with continuing resolutions as a necessary instrument to prevent a government shutdown.

The fiscal year 2020 appropriations package was passed just before the holidays in December, more than two months after the fiscal year began.

Check out a full analysis of the budget by NCSL staff.

Erlinda Doherty is director of NCSL's Budgets & Revenue Committee.

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