Democrats have come out against this plan saying it is an attempt to harm the budgetary process in Congress.
The White House will submit a fiscal year 2020 budget to Congress in coming weeks which seeks to force the Democratic party’s hand on accepting spending cuts.
Acting Office and Management Budget Director Russ Vought wrote in a Monday morning op-ed that the Trump administration’s forthcoming budget will adhere to existing spending caps already put into place by Congress. In order to continue making investments in defense spending, The White House will tap into Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds, which are special war funds not subject to spending caps.
The White House’s plan may rankle some conservatives, particularly given that Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Vought have been vocally against such funding tactics. Mulvaney went so far as to introduce legislation which would significantly hinder the executive branch’s ability to spend such funds in the manner currently proposed by the White House.
A senior administration official rebutted to The Daily Caller that “any time you’re in a CAPs increase conversation, the way the Hill reads that is that we’re going to increase defense and non-defense dollar for dollar,” adding that “this sets up a dynamic where they actually have to pass a bill to override sequestration, so that’s why we’re going this route.”